Family Jacamars (Galbulidae)

Least Concern

White-chinned Jacamar (Galbula tombacea)


Taxonomy

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

Galbula tombacea

Spix

, 1824,

São Paulo de Olivença, Brazil

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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

    Voice

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

    Habitat

    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

    Breeding

    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

    Movements

    Sedentary.

    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 https://www.hbw.com/node/55947 on 13 November 2018).