Andean Motmot Momotus aequatorialis

  • Order: Coraciiformes
  • Family: Momotidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Thomas S. Schulenberg

Priorities for Future Research

The Andean Motmot has a broad latitudinal distribution, although it usually is not common within its range. Probably this species also attracted little attention for many years, as it previously was classified as only a subspecies of the very widespread "Blue-crowned Motmot" Momotus momota. Consequently most aspects of its natural history are poorly documented or are not described at all. There is little or no information about the natural history of this species, other than with regard to the basics of its appearance and distribution. More attention will need to given to such topics as diet and foraging behavior, reproductive biology, age at first breeding, life span and survivorship, dispersal, population regulation, molts, territoriality and population density, sexual behavior, and responses to predators.

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. (2011). Andean Motmot (Momotus aequatorialis), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.