Family Jacamars (Galbulidae)

Least Concern

Cerise-crowned Jacamar (Galbula chalcocephala)


French: Jacamar à calotte pourprée German: Bronzescheitel-Glanzvogel Spanish: Jacamará piquigualdo occidental

Galbula chalcocephala


, 1849,

Sarayacu, Río Ucayali


Hitherto considered conspecific with G. albirostris, but differs in its longer bill (effect size 4.39, score 2); darker upper mandible (2); richer chestnut by a shade on the breast (dark) and belly (medium) (1); crown more coppery-cerise than coppery-indigo and this colour more extensive (reaching nape) (2); (apparently previously unreported in the literature) three outer rectrices pale brown vs blackish-green (3). Closely related to and sometimes considered conspecific with G. cyanicollis, but no intergradation has been observed in zone of potential sympatry in Ucayali Valley, in NE Peru, and their populations are otherwise separated by R Amazon. Monotypic.

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S Venezuela (upper R Orinoco)#R; SE Colombia E of Andes (S of Meta) through E Ecuador and W Brazil (upper R Negro) to NE Peru (S to upper R Ucayali).

Descriptive notes

18–21 cm; 16·9–22·9 g. Previously considered conspecific with G. albirostris (see Taxonomy comments), but present species is slightly larger (bill 3·1–3·8 cm from... read more


No known differences between this species and G. albirostris. Vocally, considered to... read more


Similar to that of G. albirostris, although in E Ecuador and NE Peru it seems to be... read more

Food and feeding

Presumably similar or identical to G. albirostris; stomachs of three birds all contained insects, including beetles and a roach.


Nothing known.


None known.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon in E Colombia and E Ecuador, but generally fairly common in E Peru and SE Venezuela. No immediate threats are known but, since this species... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Cerise-crowned Jacamar (Galbula chalcocephala). 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 on 19 February 2019).