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Bluish-fronted Jacamar - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Stanley Jones
Manu Province, Peru, 23 September, 2009
Galbula cyanescens


20–23 cm (7¾-9 in)

  • Green upperparts
  • Metallic blue green crown
  • Black chin
  • Green throat and chest
  • Rufous underparts and undertail
  • Black bill

Female: similar with ochre underparts


Photo © by Stanley Jones
Juan de Guerra, Tarapoto, San Martín, Peru, 30 December 2016

Some individuals in the southeast may show white chin.

Similar Species

Almost identical to White-chinned Jacamar which has dull grayish crown. No known overlap in range.


South America: found in riverine forests of eastern Peru to northern Bolivia and western Amazonian Brazil.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Cloud forest, forest edges and secondary growth often near water.



There is not a lot of information available, but thought to be similar to that of Rufous-tailed Jacamar, i.e. flying insects.


The only known nest was a tunnel in a stream embankment.


Has been described as a series of high-pitched notes; full song an excited series of accelerating mewing whistles.




  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. BirdForum Member observations
  3. Bluish-fronted Jacamar (Galbula cyanescens), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/blfjac1
  4. Brightsmith, Donald J. (2004) Nest sites of termitarium nesting birds in SE Peru. Ornitología Neotropical 15: 319-330.
  5. Tobias, J., Züchner, T., de Melo Júnior, T.A. & Bonan, A. (2019). Bluish-fronted Jacamar (Galbula cyanescens). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/55948 on 15 July 2019).

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