Family Jacamars (Galbulidae)

Least Concern

White-chinned Jacamar (Galbula tombacea)


French: Jacamar à menton blanc German: Weißkinn-Glanzvogel Spanish: Jacamará barbiblanco

Galbula tombacea


, 1824,

São Paulo de Olivença, Brazil


Traditionally considered a member of the species-group centred on G. galbula (which see); most closely related to G. cyanescens and G. pastazae, especially former (which see). Differences between nominate race and mentalis possibly clinal. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. t. tombacea Spix, 1824 – E of Andes in Colombia (S of Villavicencio, in Meta), NE Ecuador (Napo), NE Peru (Loreto), and W Brazil S of Amazon (E to Tonantins area).
  • G. t. mentalis Todd, 1943 – NW Brazil on both banks of R Solimões (E to R Negro and R Madeira).
  • Descriptive notes

    19–23·5 cm; 21·5–25 g. Combination of dark bill and orbital skin, green throat and breast should separate this species from any other Galbula... read more


    Song an accelerating and rising series of “pee-pee-pee-pee-pe-pe-pe-pe’pe’pe... read more


    Shrubby borders and treefalls of terra firme, várzea, transitional and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Only Hymenoptera (Vespidae, Formicidae) reported; presumably eats similar prey to that taken by G. ruficauda. Recorded taking a... read more


    No reliable information. A nest considered to be of this species, found at 1350 m in Pastaza Valley in Ecuador, in Oct 1939, was 37 cm long... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Widespread. Generally uncommon in Colombia and Ecuador, and rare in E Peru; previous reference to it being common on R Urucu, in Amazonas, Brazil, is... read more

    Recommended citation

    Tobias, J., Züchner, T., de Melo Júnior, T.A., Kirwan, G.M. & Bonan, A. (2018). White-chinned Jacamar (Galbula tombacea). 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 13 November 2018).