Amazonian Motmot Momotus momota

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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


Members of the "Blue-crowned Motmot" complex can be divided into two vocal groups, those that give songs consist of a single note, and those whose song contains two notes. The Amazonian Motmot is a member of the double-noted group. The song  is transcribed as "a fast, hollow hooo-do" (Ridgely and Greenfield 2001b), and as "a bubbling whOOP-oo," in which the first note rises (Lane, in Schulenberg et al. 2007). When duetting, a second individual responds with a "slower whoop whoop or single whoop?;" duets also may include a "rolling series of hoots" (Lane, in Schulenberg et al. 2007).

Another vocalization is "a gruff kak," which sometimes is repeated rapidly in a "jumbled, excited series" (Lane, in Schulenberg et al. 2007).

Nonvocal Sounds

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.