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Trinidad Motmot Momotus bahamensis

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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The primary vocalization of the Trinidad Motmot is "a soft, deep, hooting note, sometimes double, whoop or whoo-hoop; often longer notes are uttered, with a roll or ripple in the tone" (ffrench 1991). (Remarkably, there are no recordings of this vocalization available at Macaulay Library or xeno-canto.)

Nestlings make "a low rattling call" from within the nest burrow (ffrench 1991).

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

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.