Galbula dea Linnaeus, 1758.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
French: Jacamar а longue queue; German: Paradeisglanzvogel; Spanish: Jacamar de Cola Larga.
12 in (30 cm) long; 2 in (51 cm) slender bill. Metallic bluish black color on upper and lower body, contrasting white patch on throat, long elegant tail.
Amazonian Brazil, the Guianas, Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela, and Ecuador.
Forest and forest edge or upland woodland.
Hunts alone, in pairs, or in groups of three, may join canopy flocks.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Prefers butterflies and dragonflies. Perches on a branch, then darts out to capture prey in mid-air.
Lays one to four white eggs in ground-hole nest cavity. Incubation is 20–23 days. Chicks emerge from nest after 21–26 days, covered in white down. Both sexes incubate, and care for chicks.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
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