Tody Motmot Hylomanes momotula


The Tody Motmot is a charismatic, surreptitious little motmot of Central American lowland and hill forest. It is almost always easiest to detect by its song, a rising-falling and accelerating series of rising whistles. A whistled imitation of the song will often bring a singing bird out of the dense, shadowy vegetation along a stream and into the open. The Tody Motmot is named for its superficial resemblence to the todies of the Caribbean. It feeds on insects captured in aerial sallies, but there is little published information on its breeding behavior.

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

Recommended Citation

Tody Motmot (Hylomanes momotula), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: