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Amazonian Motmot Momotus momota

  • Order: Coraciiformes
  • Family: Momotidae
  • Polytypic: 8 subspecies
  • Authors: Sophia Catherine Orzechowski and Thomas S. Schulenberg


There is little published information on the breeding of the Amazonian Motmot. The nest is similar to that of other motmots, in a cavity at the end of a long tunnel in a bank. At one site in southeastern Peru, a nest was "a burrow dug into the side of two-meter-high bank at a point approximately 5 feet [1.5 m] above a stream bed. The entrance was well-concealed by overhanging vegetation, and an exposed root served as a perch in front of the burrow" (O'Neill 1974). This nest was constructed in July. Elsewhere, one specimen in breeding condition reported in February in eastern Colombia (Olivares 1962), and Willis (1988) observed a fledgling in eastern Colombia in April. Nesting in French Guiana, November-March (Tostain et al. 1992). In eastern Brazil, have only one clutch per year (Sick 1983).

Recommended Citation

Orzechowski, S. C. and T. S. Schulenberg (2011). Amazonian Motmot (Momotus momota), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.