Family Jacamars (Galbulidae)

Least Concern

Purplish Jacamar (Galbula chalcothorax)


French: Jacamar violacé German: Purpurglanzvogel Spanish: Jacamará violáceo

Galbula chalcothorax

P. L. Sclater

, 1855,

Quijos, Ecuador


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


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


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


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


No information available.



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 on 3 April 2020).