Rufous-capped Motmot Baryphthengus ruficapillus

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The Rufous-capped Motmot, which is endemic to the Atlantic Forest biome, was formerly usually considered to be conspecific with the Rufous Motmot (Baryphthengus martii) of western Amazonia and Central America. However, the present species is easily distinguished from any subspecies of the latter by the largely greenish underparts, interrupted only by the rufous lower breast band, and the obvious rufous cap, which does not extend onto the nape. It also lacks obvious tail rackets. The Rufous-capped Motmot ranges from eastern Brazil south to eastern Paraguay and extreme northeast Argentina, and occurs in lowland forest and tall second growth to at least 1200 m. The species’ diet and breeding behavior appear typical of the family.

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

Recommended Citation

Rufous-capped Motmot (Baryphthengus ruficapillus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: