Paradise Jacamar (Galbula dea)

Paradise Jacamar

[order] PICIFORMES | [family] Galbulidae | [latin] Galbula dea | [UK] Paradise Jacamar | [FR] Jacamar de Paradis | [DE] Paradies-Glanzvogel | [ES] Jacamara Colilargo | [NL] Paradijsglansvogel


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Jacamerops dea
Galbula dea SA Amazonia
Galbula dea amazonum n Bolivia and sw Brazil
Galbula dea brunneiceps e Colombia, e Peru and w Brazil
Galbula dea dea Venezuela, the Guianas and Brazil (n of the Amazon)
Galbula dea phainopepla wc Brazil

Physical charateristics

A small, 30 cm, bird with long pointed tail, dark brown cap, white throat and long needle-like bill. It has dark greenish blue plumage with iridescent wings. Iris dark brown, bill and legs black. Both sexes are similar.

Listen to the sound of Paradise Jacamar

[audio: Jacamar.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

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South America : Amazonia


Humid rainforest and savanna, also dry forest and gallery forest along rivers. Moslty found at clearings, treefalls or edges.


Pairs excavate tunnels in arboreal termitaria, no further data.

Feeding habits

The diet consists mainly of butterflies and other flying insects. Mostly hymenoptera (e.g. flies, ants, bees) caught by perching and sallying. Hunts single, in pairs or small groups mostly from exposed branches from canopy, but sometimes most lower.


This species has an extremely 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). Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to 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.

The Paradise Jacamar is distributed throughout southeastern Venezuela, Amazon region of Brazil, southeastern Colombia, Bolivia, eastern Peru and the Guyanas. In Suriname common in the forest and savanna egdes of the interior, but absent from the coastal region.

Paradise Jacamar status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range.

Distribution map

Paradise Jacamar distribution range map

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