White-chinned Jacamar (Galbula tombacea)

White-chinned Jacamar

[order] PICIFORMES | [family] Galbulidae | [latin] Galbula tombacea | [UK] White-chinned Jacamar | [FR] Jacamar a menton blanc | [DE] Weisskinn-Glanzvogel | [ES] Jacamar Barbiblanco (Ecu) | [NL] Witkinglansvogel


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Galbula tombacea SA nw Amazonia
Galbula tombacea mentalis c and wc Brazil
Galbula tombacea tombacea s Colombia, e Ecuador, nw Peru and w Brazil

Physical charateristics

Males are bright iridescent green on the entire upperparts, and across the breast, with a chestnut lower belly and undersurface to the tail. Females are similar in plumage, but paler rufous on the belly. Males do have a white chin, but it is very difficult to see in the field.

Listen to the sound of White-chinned Jacamar

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South America : Northwest Amazonia. It is distributed north of the Amazon River in eastern Ecuador, northeastern Peru, southern Colombia, and northwestern Brazil.


It is found in dense vine tangles along the edge of slow-moving streams and oxbow lakes in northern Amazonia.


No reliable data, probably breeds in earthbanks one nest contained 2 eggs, but not certain beloning to this species.

Feeding habits

Forages like other jacamars by sallying out for flying insects from horizontal branches.


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). 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.
White-chinned Jacamar status Least Concern



Distribution map

White-chinned Jacamar distribution range map

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