Brazilian name: ariramba-de-cauda-ruiva
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 in the second and third photos have a white throat.
|The Rufous-tailed Jacamar is
probably the most widespread of the Jacamars occurring from
Mexico to northern Argentina and there are several subspecies.
This one is Galbula ruficauda rufoviridis which used to be
regarded as a separate species.
It is found in forest borders and clearings, secondary growth thickets and alongside streams.
|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.
|There is a distribution map at NatureServe and more information is available
There is an excellent detailed article at Chaine, Noelle M. 2010 .Rufous-tailed Jacamar (Galbula ruficauda), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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