jacamar

jacamar

[jak-uh-mahr]
noun
any tropical American bird of the family Galbulidae, having a long bill and usually metallic green plumage above.

Origin:
1640–50; < French < Tupi jacamáciri

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jacamar (ˈdʒækəˌmɑː)
 
n
any bird of the tropical American family Galbulidae, having an iridescent plumage and feeding on insects: order Piciformes (woodpeckers, etc)
 
[C19: from French, from Tupi jacamá-ciri]

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jacamar

any of 15 species of tropical American birds that constitute the family Galbulidae (order Piciformes). The jacamar has a glittering body, tapered from large head to, in most species, a long, graduated tail; some have square tails. Most are iridescently blue, green, or bronze on back and breast; males are white-throated, females brown-throated. The commonest species is the rufous-tailed jacamar (Galbula ruficauda), 25 cm (10 inches) long, found from southern Mexico to Argentina

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