Rufous-tailed Jacamar - (Galbula ruficauda)

Hello to all here in Feathered Friends!... Today I went for a walk and was a lucky time, because I can take some photos of a beautiful species that flies in our area.

I wish present you our "Rufous-tailed Jacamar" - (Local spanish common name: "Tucuso Barranquero".


Galbula ruficauda - (Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Tucuso Barranquero)
Camera: Nikon D7000 | Lens: AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G

Species full taxonomic data:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Galbulidae
Genus: Galbula
Species: G. ruficauda (Cuvier, 1816)

Sighting record: Montalbán, Carabobo, Venezuela Apr. 2022.

It is an insectivore that hunts from a perch, sitting with its beak tilted upwards, and then dives to catch flying insects.


I think this photo above corresponds to his "hunting position" then.

I love this bird, obviously I like a lot her beautiful colors and natural elegance. But the best thing about this bird is: "It's very easy to photograph" :-) And that's because this nice guy tends to be distracted while hunting insects, and then allows me to get up close, at relatively short distances. These photos, for example, were taken at a 20-foot distance approximately.


A bird's back shot reveals details from pretty emerald wing plumage.

These are elegants and brightly colored birds with long beaks and tails. Can reach a size of 25 cm long and have a 5 cm long black beak (A specialized for insect hunting beak!).

These birds inhabit a great variety of dry or humid forests and thickets. They nest in burrows in a termite bank or mound and produce two to four white eggs with reddish spots. I hope can found a nest in the future. I've viewed some termite banks in surrounders. Surely will be nice see this birds coming out and in of their nest burrow.

I hope you liked this bird. I hope to be able to share more birds soon. I am very happy to have found you here at #Hive. Best regards. ;-)


"We make photographs to understand what our lives mean to ourselves." - Ralph Hattersley.

"Hacemos fotografías para comprender lo que nuestras vidas significan para nosotros mismos." - Ralph Hattersley.


Camera: Nikon D7000 | Lens: AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G
Cámara: Nikon D7000 | Objetivo: AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G
Montalbán, Carabobo, Venezuela.

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