Amazonian Motmot Momotus momota

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

The Amazonian Motmot has a broad geographic distribution, and usually is fairly common throughout its range. Nonetheless this species has attracted relatively little attention for many years, as it previously was classified as only a subspecies of the very widespread "Blue-crowned Motmot" Momotus momota. Consequently many aspects of its natural history are poorly documented or are not described at all.  There is no information on such topics as age at first breeding, life span and survivorship, dispersal, population regulation, molts, territoriality and population density, sexual behavior, and responses to predators. There also is very little information regarding the diet and reproductive biology of the Amazonian Motmot.

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. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.bucmot4.01