French: Motmot à sourcils bleus German: Brauenmotmot Spanish: Momoto cejiazul
Subspecies and Distribution
E. s. superciliosa
(Sandbach, 1837) – SE Mexico (from Campeche across N half of Yucatán Peninsula).
E. s. bipartita
Ridgway, 1912 – Pacific slope of S Mexico (Oaxaca, Chiapas) and Guatemala.
E. s. vanrossemi
Griscom, 1929 – interior Guatemala.
E. s. sylvestris
Carriker & Meyer de Schauensee, 1935 – Caribbean lowlands of Guatemala.
E. s. euroaustris
Griscom, 1929 – Caribbean lowlands of N Honduras.
E. s. apiaster
(Lesson, 1842) – El Salvador, W & S Honduras and NW Nicaragua.
E. s. australis
Bangs, 1906 – Pacific lowlands of SW Nicaragua and NW Costa Rica.
33–38 cm; 44–74 g, means 67·6 g (male) and 66 g (female). Tail most extremely graduated of family, central rectrices about twice as long as next pair, with... read more
Like other motmots, gives a hollow, nasal, ringing "wohh" or "owhh", given at... read more
Deciduous woodland and woodland edge, evergreen gallery forest, low scrubby thickets, and semi-open... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, spiders, millipedes, small molluscs, earthworms, and small lizards and snakes; also fruit. Coleoptera, Orthoptera and Hymenoptera... read more
Lays second week May to mid-Jul (peak first half Jun) in Mexico; Apr–May in Guatemala and Honduras; late Mar to mid-Apr in NW Costa... read more
Returns to Yucatán breeding colonies in late Feb or Mar, a few weeks before start of nesting... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. One of the most abundant motmots, common to fairly common throughout range. Well adapted to secondary vegetation and semi-open country in areas much... read more
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