Amazonian Motmot Momotus momota

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


Conservation Status

Conservation is currently not of significant concern for the Amazonian Motmot because of its extremely wide range of geographical distribution, large population size and stable population trend. The Amazonian Motmot does not have an IUCN Red List conservation rating, however, as it still is classified by BirdLife International as conspecific with other members of the "Blue-crowned Motmot" complex (BirdLife International 2011); the conservation status of the broadly defined "Blue-crowned Motmot" is rated as Least Concern.

The relative abundance of the Andean Motmot is assessed as "uncommon" in Ecuador (Ridgely and Greenfield 2001a), and as "uncommon to fairly common" in Peru (Schulenberg et al. 2007).

Effects of human activity on populations

The logging of the rain forests in South America has certainly diminished the habitat available to M. momota. Nonetheless the Amazonian Motmot is relatively tolerant of habitat disturbance, and is not limited to the interior of undisturbed tropical rainforest.

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.