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Whooping Motmot Momotus subrufescens

  • Order: Coraciiformes
  • Family: Momotidae
  • Polytypic: 4 subspecies
  • Authors: Sophia Catherine Orzechowski and Thomas S. Schulenberg
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The Whooping Motmot is the most widespread, familiar motmot of the lowlands of eastern Panama and northwestern South America, where its hooting call is a familiar sound in lowlands forests. Birds often perch on a favored branch, where they cock their long tail back and forth like a clock pendulum and occasionally sally after a flying insect. Like many motmots, the Whooping Motmot has weak subterminal barbs on the central two rectrices. These barbs fall off shortly after the rectrices grow in to leave a distinctive racquet shape to the tail. The Whooping Motmot is similar in many respects to several other allopatric species of motmots in the "Blue-crowned Motmot" complex, all of which formerly were classified as a single, highly variable species.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

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