Thursday, February 8, 2018

Rufous-tailed Jacamar

While we hunted for dragonflies along the road near the Arenal Observatory Lodge on 10 July 2017, we flushed up a Rufous-tailed Jacamar. This family of birds inhabits Central and South America. They sally forth from perches in forest clearings, often eating dragonflies. You may notice the jacamar was successful competing against us—the bird has captured a Slender Skimmer.

Jacamars are primitive birds, related to kingfishers, trogons or puffbirds, Ornithologists are uncertain of the exact taxonomic relationships of jacamars.

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