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White-chinned Jacamar Galbula tombacea


White-chinned Jacamar is a brightly-plumaged Galbula found in dense vine tangles along the edge of slow-moving streams and oxbow lakes in northern Amazonia. It is distributed north of the Amazon River in eastern Ecuador, northeastern Peru, southern Colombia, and northwestern Brazil. Males are bright iridescent green on the entire upperparts, and across the breast, with a chestnut lower belly and undersurface to the tail. Females are similar in plumage, but paler rufous on the belly. Males do have a white chin, but it is very difficult to see in the field. Apparently replaced south of the Amazon River by Bluish-fronted Jacamar (Galbula cyanescens), which has a bluish crown as opposed to a grayish-brown crown in White-chinned. Bluish-fronted also is found in a greater variety of habitats. White-chinned Jacamar overlaps with Yellow-billed Jacamar (Gallbula albirostris), but Yellow-billed is smaller, has a yellow bill and entirely chestnut underparts, and is found more in terra firme forest. White-chinned Jacamar orages like other jacamars by sallying out for flying insects from horizontal branches.

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Recommended Citation

White-chinned Jacamar (Galbula tombacea), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: