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Yellow-billed Jacamar - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Valéry Schollaert
Manaus, Brazil, December 2008
Galbula albirostris


18–21 cm

  • Emerald-green upperparts
  • Metallic purplish or coppery-brown head
  • Yellow bill
  • White throat patch
  • Rufous underparts and tail
  • Yellow feet and eye ring

Female: small white triangle at base of throat

Photo by BirdsPeru
Allpahuayo, Mishana Reserve near Iquitos, Peru


South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, The Guianas, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil



There are two subspecies[1]

  • G. a. albirostris:
  • G. a. chalcocephala:
  • South-eastern Colombia to Ecuador, north-eastern Peru; western Brazil (upper Rio Negro)

The second subspecies is proposed split as Cerise-crowned Jacamar


Interier of moist primary and mature secondary lowland forests.



The diet includes flying insects such as butterflies, dragonflies and cicadas caught while hunting from a perch. They are inclined to sit for some time on the same branch.


The nest in termite mounds laying 1-4 white eggs which are incubated by both sexes for 20–23 days. The young fledge after 21–26 days. Both parents care for chicks.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2014)
  4. Planet of Birds

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