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Amazonian Motmot Momotus momota

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


  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Amazonian Motmot
eBird range map for Amazonian Motmot

Generated from eBird observations (Year-Round, 1900-present)

Distribution in the Americas

Occurs in South America east of the Andes. The distribution extends from eastern Colombia east across southern Venezuela to the Guianas, south to northwestern Argentina, and east across most of Brazil.

The elevational distribution is from the lowlands up to 1200 in Venezuela (Hilty 2003), "mostly below 1000 m" in Ecuador (Ridgely and Greenfield 2001), and to 750 m in Peru (Schulenberg et al. 2007).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to South America.


Primarily occurs in humid lowland forest and at forest edge.

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

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.