Rufous Motmot (Baryphthengus martii)

Order: Coraciiformes | Family: Momotidae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Manu National Park

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonian Colombia

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southeast Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southeast Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~44.5 cm (17.5 in). The Rufous Motmot is the largest Motmot in the Amazonian lowlands. It is rufous with green upperparts and a large black face mask. As with other momots, it has a very long tail. The Rufous Motmot is distinguished from the Broad-billed Motmot by being larger, solid rufous underparts, and large black face mask.

Status: The Rufous Motmot is generally uncommon in Terra Firme forest in the Amazonian lowlands. It rages to elevations of up to 1300 m along the foothill of the Andes.

Name in Spanish: Relojero Rufo.

Sub-species: Rufous Motmot (Baryphthengus martii) (Spix, 1824).

Meaning of Name: Baryphthengus: Gr. Baruphthongos= gravelly voice, sound. martii: in honor of the German botanist and collector in Brazil – Carl Friedrich Phillip von Martius (1794-1868).

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Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 11/09/2014.