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Any of various South and Central American birds of the family Galbulidae, having iridescent plumage and a long bill.

[French, possibly of Tupian origin.]
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(Animals) 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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(ˈdʒæk əˌmɑr)

any tropical American bird of the family Galbulidae, having a long bill and usu. metallic green plumage above.
[1640–50; < French < Tupi jacamáciri]
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Noun1.jacamar - tropical American insectivorous bird having a long sharp bill and iridescent green or bronze plumagejacamar - tropical American insectivorous bird having a long sharp bill and iridescent green or bronze plumage
piciform bird - any of numerous nonpasserine insectivorous climbing birds usually having strong bills for boring wood
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For example, rufous-tailed jacamars (Galbula ruficauda) are able to discriminate between minute differences on the wing patterning of Heliconius butterflies, leading to attacks on novel phenotypes [29].
"Who are the jacamars?" I'm glad it didn't turn up in a test paper in the day when I sat for examinations, trembling with trepidation and the fading hope that all my cramming might have been insufficient.
Handbook of the birds of the World, volume 7, Jacamars to Woodpeckers.
1974: Avian speciation in tropical South America, with a systematic survey of the toucans (Ramphastidae) and jacamars (Galbulidae).
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