Rufous-tailed jacamar (Galbula ruficauda)
Reserva Estatal La Florida, Tapijulapa, Tabasco, Mexico
When we returned from the tiger fern hike, we popped back out onto the Cockscomb access road, and found this gorgeous bird calling in the trees on the other side.
He let me get very close, almost right underneath him, to get this shot. A species I've seen before, but nowhere near this well.
The jacamars are a family, Galbulidae, of near passerine birds from tropical South and Central America, extending up to Mexico. The order contains five genera and 18 species. The family is closely related to the puffbirds, another Neotropical family, and the two families are often separated into their own order away from the Piciformes, instead being placed in the Galbuliformes. They are principally birds of low altitude woodlands and forests, and particularly of forest edge and...