Rufous-tailed Jacamar Male (Galbula ruficauda)


June 22, 2012

Rufous-tailed Jacamar

Nancy took this image while on a trip led by Brian Rapoza for the Tropical Audubon Society to Trinidad and Tobago.

Jacamars have some of the characteristics of hummingbirds, but they are larger. Rufous-tailed Jacamars are about ten inches long with a two-inch bill. Males have white throats. Femalesimage have buff-colored throats and paler underparts. Rufous-tailed Jacamars are insectivores, especially liking dragonflies, butterflies, and social wasps (which can have nests of millions). These jacamars lay their eggs in a hole in a bank or termite mound.

These are the only jacamars in Trinidad or Tobago. Elsewhere, they can be found in lowland woods and scrub from southern Mexico, through Central America and South America as far as southern Brazil and Ecuador.

Photographic details: Canon EOS 7D camera w/ EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens set at 400mm. Camera was on f/9.5 for 1/750 second at ISO 2000.

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