|Rufous-tailed Jacamar Galbula ruficauda
Brazilian name: ariramba-de-cauda-ruiva
|Brazil and Ecuador
For more details on Jacamars see the Green-tailed Jacamar page.
The Rufous-tailed Jacamar is slightly larger than the Green-tailed at about 23 cms and has a similar long and slender bill. The main difference, as their names suggest, is the colour of the tail. The first photo shows a female with her rufous throat while the males have a white throat.
|The Rufous-tailed Jacamar is probably the most widespread of the Jacamars occurring from Mexico to northern Argentina. See the distribution map at xeno-canto. There are several subspecies. Photos 1 to 8 show Galbula ruficauda rufoviridis which used to be regarded as a separate species. Photo 9 from Ecuador shows the sub-species G. r. melanogenia or Black-chinned Jacamar|
|Photos 4 to 8 show what I assume was part of the mating ritual of Rufous-tailed Jacamars which I watched for some considerable time. The male went off to catch a butterfly and duly brought it back to the horizontal branch on which the female sat. The male passed the morsel to the female and the female then manipulated it, usually in the air, before swallowing it.|
|The song is a loud series of notes ending in a trill, gaining in pitch and speed.
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