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Blue-throated Motmot Aspatha gularis

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Blue-throated Motmot is a unique motmot in the monotypic genus Aspatha that ranges from southern Mexico east to El Salvador.  It is largely green with a small blue throat, small black chest and face patches, and a long tail that lacks a racket.  Within its mid and high elevation distribution, it favors evergreen and pine-oak cloud forest where it hunts small vertebrates.  Though it has been suggested that Blue-throated Motmot is a habitat sensitive species restricted to primary cloud forest, the species is reported to spend time in secondary forest as well.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
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Recommended Citation

Blue-throated Motmot (Aspatha gularis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/bltmot1