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Av. Nicolás de Piérola 265
Barranco, Lima 04 – Perú
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FAMILY BIRDS

Galbulidae

A specialist in hunting flying insects such as butterflies and moths. Small to medium in size but colourufl plumage. Best observed in open spaces or near oxbow lakes.

 


Purus Jacamar

Galbalcyrhynchus purusianus

Purus Jacamar

Purus Jacamar

Appearance:

  • Large and stocky.
  • Plumage is chestnut, and wings and tail are glossy and blackish.
  • The bill is heavy and pink.
  • It is about 20cm long.

Behaviour:

  • It lives mostly on the forest edge.
  • It apparently breeds in holes and it may be a co-operative breeder.
  • It waits in trees for flying insects then chases them to catch them in flight.
  • They then return to their tree and pound the catch before eating it.

Voice:

  • A rich whistled “pew”, sometimes in a series.

Where & how to spot in Manu:

  • They are often seen perched in relatively open areas in groups of four to six.
  • Can be seen near oxbow lakes and clay licks and along many trails.

 


Bluish-fronted Jacamar

Galbula cyanescens

Bluish-fronted Jacamar

Bluish-fronted Jacamar

Appearance:

  • Body is bright green, with blue iridescence on the forehead and top of the head.
  • The belly and bottom of the long tail are reddish, less intense in females.
  • The bill is black, long, straight and pointed
  • It is about 20 to 23cm long.

Behaviour:

  • It prefers the edges of slightly open humid lowland forest.
  • They fly from a perch to capture their prey and return to same perch.
  • The victim is hit against the branch before being eaten.

Voice:

  • “Weet” either in a single note or in a series, and a rapid dry rattle.

Where & how to spot in Manu:

  • They nest in cavities at river banks.
  • Can be seen near oxbow lakes and along trails, usually perched in the shadowed areas.

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