Family Jacamars (Galbulidae)

Least Concern

Purplish Jacamar (Galbula chalcothorax)


Taxonomy

French: Jacamar violacé German: Purpurglanzvogel Spanish: Jacamará violáceo
Taxonomy:

Galbula chalcothorax

P. L. Sclater

, 1855,

Quijos, Ecuador

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Closely related to G. leucogastra. Sometimes regarded as conspecific (but see that species). Monotypic.

Distribution:

SE Colombia (Putumayo, Amazonas), E Ecuador, E Peru and W Brazil (R Juruá).

Descriptive notes

20–23 cm; 24·5–26·5 g. Male has crown and sides of head blackish-green with bluish sheen; upperparts, including tail, and breast metallic reddish-... read more

Voice

Song is rising series of inflected notes, often in pairs, “weeee weeee wi-deee wi-deee wi-... read more

Habitat

Edges, clearings, treefalls and canopy of primary and secondary terra firme forest, also... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet, but presumably similar to that of G. ruficauda. 3 specimens taken in E Ecuador were apparently all on bees... read more

Breeding

No information available.

Movements

Sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Poorly known and generally uncommon. Fairly common in Ecuador along R Napo, and occurs in Cuyabeno Reserve; scarce in E Colombia, where reported from... read more

Recommended citation

Tobias, J., Züchner, T., de Melo Júnior, T.A. & Bonan, A. (2020). Purplish Jacamar (Galbula chalcothorax). 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/55949 on 3 April 2020).