French: Motmot houtouc German: Amazonasmotmot Spanish: Momoto amazónico
Other common names:
Blue-crowned Motmot (when lumped with preceding four species)
Subspecies and Distribution
M. m. microstephanus
P. L. Sclater, 1858 – lowlands E of Andes in E Colombia, W Venezuela, E Ecuador, NE Peru and NW Brazil (E to upper R Negro).
M. m. momota
(Linnaeus, 1766) – from R Orinoco E to N Brazil (Amapá), S to N bank of lower Amazon.
M. m. ignobilis
Berlepsch, 1889 – E Peru, N Bolivia, and probably W Brazil.
M. m. simplex
Chapman, 1923 – N Brazil S of Amazon (from near Peru border E to upper R Xingu, S to N Mato Grosso and C Goiás).
M. m. cametensis
E. Snethlage, 1912 – lower R Xingu (probably from lower R Tapajós) E to R Tocantins.
M. m. parensis
Sharpe, 1892 – E Brazil from Amazon mouth E to Piauí and probably W Alagoas.
M. m. marcgravianus
Pinto & Camargo, 1961 – Paraíba to Alagoas, in NE Brazil.
M. m. nattereri
P. L. Sclater, 1858 – N & C Bolivia (mainly along Andean foothills).
M. m. pilcomajensis
Reichenow, 1919 – E & S Bolivia and N Argentina (Salta) E to S Brazil (to S Goiás, W São Paulo and NW Paraná).
38–43 cm; 120–160 g (momota), 105–141 g (ignobilis), 133–145 g (parensis), 85–118 g (pilcomajensis). Mid-... read more
Double-noted. A soft, resonant “whOOP-hoop” or “cOOT-coot”, with the first note clearly rising,... read more
Humid forest, seasonal forest, semi-arid open woodland, clearings with scattered trees, plantations... read more
Food and feeding
Insects (especially Coleoptera and Orthoptera, but also including wasps such as Brachygastra moebiana) and many other... read more
Lays in Sept–Oct and Jan–Feb in French Guiana, and Sept–Dec in S & C & N Brazil, N Argentina and Bolivia; post-... read more
None recorded, with birds being retrapped in the same area up to two years after first being... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Reasonably common over much of its range, although apparently rare in Paraguay and NE Brazil, where the race marcgravianus is probably... read more
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