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Purus Jacamar - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Stanley Jones
Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios Department, Peru, September, 2018
Galbalcyrhynchus purusianus


20 cm (7¾ in)

  • Chestnut overall plumage
  • Greenish-black forehead, rown, wings and tail

Similar Species

Similar in appearance to White-eared Jacamar but lacks the white cheek patch. Replaces White-eared Jacamar in central and southeastern Amazonia; the two species are not known to meet, but their distributions approach one another along the central Rio Ucayali.


South America: found in tropical eastern Peru, northern Bolivia and western Amazonian Brazil


This is a monotypic species[1].


Rare to uncommon in open swampy forest, edges to rivers and oxbow lakes, and young river islands.



Their diet consists almost entirely of insects; primarily wasps, bees and termites.


A nest hole was found 3 m above ground.


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