French: Ortalide motmot German: Motmotguan Spanish: Chachalaca motmot
Other common names:
Rufous-headed Chachalaca (ruficeps)
Brazil and Guiana = Cayenne
Subspecies and Distribution
O. m. motmot
(Linnaeus, 1766) – S & E Venezuela, the Guianas and N Brazil N of lower R Amazon (E of R Negro); speculated to occur in neighbouring SE Colombia.
O. m. ruficeps
(Wagler, 1830) – NC Brazil S of R Amazon between R Tapajós (Pará) and R Araguaia (Tocantins).
43–54 cm; 345–620 g. Reddish-chestnut head like O. garrula and O. erythroptera, contrasting with mainly grey underparts, but dark brown, not... read more
Typical of all Ortalis: song (given by duetting pair during breeding season, but by groups... read more
Patches of forest with dense undergrowth along rivers or in clearings in more extensive woodlands.... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly berries and fruits (including Cecropia); one record of flowers, of Roupala complicata (Proteaceae); also leaves of... read more
Records of laying in May, Sept and Dec in Surinam; Nov–Dec, at beginning of rains, in French Guiana; chick in early Nov in Brazil.... read more
No information available; presumably sedentary.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Almost certainly occurs in easternmost Colombia, given sight records from around Inírida, Guainía, by an experienced... read more
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