Yellow-billed Jacamar (Galbula albirostris)

Yellow-billed Jacamar

[order] PICIFORMES | [family] Galbulidae | [latin] Galbula albirostris | [UK] Yellow-billed Jacamar | [FR] Jacamar a bec jaune | [DE] Gelbschnabel-Glanzvogel | [ES] Jacamara Piquigualdo | [NL] Geelsnavelglansvogel


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Galbula albirostris SA n Amazonia
Galbula albirostris albirostris e Colombia, Venezuela, the Guianas and n Brazil
Galbula albirostris chalcocephala s Colombia, Ecuador, nw Peru and w Brazil

Physical charateristics

Crown metallic purple, restof upperparts emerald green. Primaries dull black, outer tail black and more cinnemon towards base. Underparts pale cinnemon rufous. Female has a small white triangle at base of throat. Bill slender and pale yellow.

Listen to the sound of Yellow-billed Jacamar

[audio: Jacamar.mp3]

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size min.: 18 cm size max.: 21 cm
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broods: 2   eggs min.: 1  
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South America : North Amazonia


Prefers terra firme and igapo rainforest. Found in clearings and treefall gaps. Mostly at low and medium level trees. Sometimes more open woodland or gallery forest. Absent in the coastal mangrove areas in Suriname.


Nests in arboreal termitaria about 1-3 meter above ground, clutch size is 2 eggs. No further data. More than 1 brood.

Feeding habits

Perches and sallies for insects. Forages in pairs or mixed flocks from exposed branches.


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.

It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.

Yellow-billed Jacamar status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range.

Distribution map

Yellow-billed Jacamar distribution range map

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