Dusky-backed Jacamar (Brachygalba salmoni)

Dusky-backed Jacamar

[order] PICIFORMES | [family] Galbulidae | [latin] Brachygalba salmoni | [UK] Dusky-backed Jacamar | [FR] Jacamar sombre | [DE] Salmon-Glanzvogel | [ES] Jacamara Dorsioscuro | [NL] Zwartrugglansvogel


Monotypic species

Physical charateristics

The bird?s plumage is predominantly greenish black above, becoming glossier over the breast, with a browner crown, a white throat and cheeks (buff in females), and cinnamon-colored below.

wingspan min.: 0 cm wingspan max.: 0 cm
size min.: 16 cm size max.: 18 cm
incubation min.: 0 days incubation max.: 0 days
fledging min.: 0 days fledging max.: 0 days
broods: 0   eggs min.: 0  
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Latin America : East Panama, Northwest Colombia. The Dusky-backed Jacamar has a tiny range on the border between Colombia and Panama, where the species seems to be, at most, only locally common


This species prefers somewhat disturbed areas, with clearings, gaps, and forest edges constituting typical habitat.


No data, probably breeds in earthbanks.

Feeding habits

These birds chasing winged insects from exposed, high perches, or even from low bushes


This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Dusky-backed Jacamar status Least Concern



Distribution map

Dusky-backed Jacamar distribution range map

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