Trinidad Motmot Momotus bahamensis

  • Order: Coraciiformes
  • Family: Momotidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Thomas S. Schulenberg



Little reported on the behavior of the Trinidad Motmot, but presumably is similar in most respects to other members of the "Blue-crowned Motmot" complex. A "sit-and-wait" forager: perches still, with upright posture, for long periods, then sallies to ground or to adjacent foliage or branches for arthropod or small vertebrate prey. When disturbed, abruptly swings the tail from side to side.

Suspected to roost in tunnels, as are used for nesting (ffrench 1991).

Sexual Behavior

Very little information. ffrench (1991) mentioned a possible courtship display, but did not describe it much detail: "up to 10 individuals at once ... hold leaves or twigs in their bills;" interestingly, these materials are not used as part of the nest.

Social and interspecific behavior

Solitary or in pairs.

Recommended Citation

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