Coppery-chested Jacamar (Galbula pastazae)

Coppery-chested Jacamar

[order] PICIFORMES | [family] Galbulidae | [latin] Galbula pastazae | [UK] Coppery-chested Jacamar | [FR] Jacamar des Andes | [DE] Kupfer-Glanzvogel | [ES] Jacamar Pechicobrizo (Ecu) | [NL] Koperborstglansvogel


Monotypic species

Physical charateristics

Metallic green, slender and long-tailed bird. Long black bill. Prominent yellowish-orange eye-ring. Metallic green upperparts, throat and breast, with bluish sheen to crown. White chin spot. Coppery-rufous belly and underside of tail. Female has dark rufous throat, bronzy-green upper chest. Dark rufous lower underparts. Eye-ring less prominent.

Listen to the sound of Coppery-chested Jacamar

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Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

wingspan min.: 0 cm wingspan max.: 0 cm
size min.: 23 cm size max.: 24 cm
incubation min.: 20 days incubation max.: 23 days
fledging min.: 21 days fledging max.: 26 days
broods: 1   eggs min.: 3  
      eggs max.: 4  


South America : South Colombia to East Ecuador. Galbula pastazae occurs in the foothills and subtropical zone of the Andean east slope in Ecuador (Napo, Tungurahua, Morona-Santiago, Zamora-Chinchipe, Loja), two adjacent east-slope valleys in Colombia (Putumayo and Narino), and the Cordillera del Condor in Peru.


Its main habitat is humid lower montane forest, where it seems to prefer forest edge and second growth near primary forest at 600-1,700 m altitude, generally between 900 and 1,300 m.


Nests with young have been found in December, in holes in earthbanks. Lays one to four white eggs in ground-hole nest cavity. Incubation is 20?23 days. Chicks emerge from nest after 21?26 days, covered in white down. Both sexes incubate, and care for chicks.

Feeding habits

Diverse variety of flying insects. Prefers to hunt from one favorite perch, capturing insects as they fly through the air.


This species is uncommon, and its localised subpopulations are each suspected to be very small, and to form a small total population which is sustaining continuing declines at a rate similar to the alarming pace of forest destruction. It is therefore considered Vulnerable, but data are lacking and its population could be larger than is currently estimated.
Coppery-chested Jacamar status Vulnerable


Presumed sedentary

Distribution map

Coppery-chested Jacamar distribution range map

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