Order Piciformes

Family Galbulidae

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  • Small to medium-sized slender perching birds with small feet, rounded wings, and very long bill used to catch insects in flight; plumage varies from brightly coloured and iridescent to fairly dull.
  • Neotropical.
  • Wooded, mostly lowland habitats.
  • 14-34 cm.
  • 5 genera, 19 species, 37 taxa.
  • 2 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Tobias, J. (2019). Jacamars (Galbulidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52281 on 12 December 2019).