Family Jacamars (Galbulidae)


Coppery-chested Jacamar (Galbula pastazae)


French: Jacamar des Andes German: Kupferglanzvogel Spanish: Jacamará cobrizo

Galbula pastazæ

Taczanowski and Berlepsch

, 1885,

Mapoto and Machay, Ecuador


Traditionally considered a member of the species-group centred on G. galbula (which see); most closely related to G. tombacea and G. cyanescens. Monotypic.


Extreme S Colombia (SE Nariño, W Putumayo, SW Caquetá)#R and S along E slope of Andes in E Ecuador (to extreme S at Zumba); recorded once from extreme N Peru (R Cenepa, in Cordillera del Cóndor). Reported occurrence in Brazil erroneous, based on a misidentified female G. cyanescens.

Descriptive notes

23–24 cm; 29·6–33 g. Largest Galbula. Male has crown entirely metallic green, glossed bluish; rest of upperparts metallic bronzy green; two ... read more


Song is a series of notes that rises in frequency (generally from c. 2·3 kHz to 3·1... read more


Frequents understorey and edges of humid lower montane forest and second growth, with a liking for... read more

Food and feeding

Prey items found among stomach contents or at nests include fragments of insects, mainly day-flying Lepidoptera, Coleoptera and Hymenoptera... read more


Season Nov–Dec in SE Ecuador, and at least Mar–Apr and Aug–Sept in S Colombia. Nest in earthbank; three nests in SE... read more



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Ecuador-Peru East Andes EBA. In Colombia, first discovered in 1970, at El Carmen, Nariño, then subsequently W of Orito... read more

Recommended citation

Tobias, J., Züchner, T., de Melo Júnior, T.A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Coppery-chested Jacamar (Galbula pastazae). 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 24 February 2020).