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Keel-billed Motmot Electron carinatum

  • © Jorge Eduardo Chinchilla Arroyo

The Keel-billed Motmot is a greenish motmot of forests in southern Mexico and northern Central America. It resembles the Broad-billed Motmot (E. playrhynchum) in many aspects, but that species is much more rufous overall. Both species have very similar calls - single, repeated "gaww" notes with a distinctive hoarse quality. Like other motmots, they nest in burrows in banks, but there is little information on their breeding behavior. They sally from perches within the forest, presumably to feed on aerial insects.

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© Andrew Spencer

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Keel-billed Motmot (Electron carinatum), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: