Whooping Motmot Momotus subrufescens

  • Order: Coraciiformes
  • Family: Momotidae
  • Polytypic: 4 subspecies
  • Authors: Sophia Catherine Orzechowski and Thomas S. Schulenberg



Similar in most respects to other members of the "Blue-crowned Motmot" complex. A "sit-and-wait" forager: perches still, with upright posture, for long periods, then sallies to ground or to adjacent foliage or branches for arthropod or small vertebrate prey. When disturbed, abruptly swings the tail from side to side.

Social and interspecific behavior

Solitary or in pairs. Does not associate with mixed-species flocks

Recommended Citation

Orzechowski, S. C. and T. S. Schulenberg (2011). Whooping Motmot (Momotus subrufescens), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.bucmot3.01