Family Jacamars (Galbulidae)

Least Concern

White-eared Jacamar (Galbalcyrhynchus leucotis)


French: Jacamar oreillard German: Kastanienglanzvogel Spanish: Jacamará orejiblanco

Galbalcyrhynchus leucotis

Des Murs

, 1845,

Bogotá; probably referable to Amazon lowlands


Closely related to and sometimes considered conspecific with G. purusianus (which see). Monotypic.


E of Andes in S Colombia (S from Meta), Ecuador and NE Peru (S to R Ucayali), and W Brazil along R Solimões (E to below mouth of R Purus at Caviana, opposite Manacapuru).

Descriptive notes

18–21 cm; 44–50 g. Chunky jacamar, recalling kingfisher (Alcedinidae), looking broad-winged and short-tailed in flight. Plumage is entirely reddish-chestnut,... read more


Presumed song a prolonged rising and accelerating trill, “trrreeeeeeerrrr-reeeerrr-reeerr-... read more


Lowland humid primary forest (terra firme and várzea) and secondary forest... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, apparently Hymenoptera and Lepidoptera predominating; sturdiness of bill suggests that it may favour larger or harder prey than... read more


Birds in breeding condition reported in Jun in Colombia; nest late Apr in E Ecuador and Jul in NE Peru. One nest in NE Peru was situated in... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally common and conspicuous throughout range, e.g. particularly numerous around Limoncocha and Imuyacocha (Ecuador). Perhaps increasing, at... read more

Recommended citation

Tobias, J., Züchner, T., de Melo Júnior, T.A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). White-eared Jacamar (Galbalcyrhynchus leucotis). 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).