Family Jacamars (Galbulidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-billed Jacamar (Galbula albirostris)


French: Jacamar à bec jaune German: Gelbschnabel-Glanzvogel Spanish: Jacamará piquigualdo oriental

Galbula albirostris


, 1790,

South America = Cayenne


Hitherto considered conspecific with G. chalcocephala. Both are closely related to and sometimes considered conspecific with G. cyanicollis. Monotypic.


E Colombia (Mitú, Vaupés), S & E Venezuela (S of R Orinoco and E of R Caura), the Guianas and N Brazil (N of Amazon).

Descriptive notes

18–21 cm; 16–24 g. Male has metallic purplish or coppery gloss on crown; rest of upperparts, including sides of head and neck, shining emerald-green; primaries... read more


Song a high-pitched “peea peea-pee-pee-te-t-t-e’e’e’e’e’e... read more


In contrast to other jacamars, inhabits mainly interior of primary and mature secondary terra... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, including Coleoptera (e.g. Cassididae), Hemiptera, Homoptera (e.g. Cicadidae), Odonata, Diptera, and Hymenoptera including, e... read more


Breeds during dry season in the Guianas, i.e. Jun–Sept in Surinam, Jul–Nov in French Guiana; young in nest late Dec, Manaus, C... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally fairly common in Amazonian Brazil, S Venezuela and the Guianas. No immediate threats are known but, since this species is more restricted... read more

Recommended citation

Tobias, J., Züchner, T., de Melo Júnior, T.A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Yellow-billed Jacamar (Galbula albirostris). 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 23 August 2019).