Whooping Motmot (Momotus subrufescens)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Qda. Limon, Lambayeque

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Quebrada Frejolillo, Lambayeque

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. El Angolo, Piura

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Qda. Limon, Lambayeque

Identification & Behavior: ~47 cm (18.5 in). The Whooping Motmot has green upperparts. The underparts are greenish with rufous shades. The crown is bright blue with a black center. It has a black mask fringed with blue. It has a very long tail with a bare-shafted racket tip. The Whooping Motmot is closely related to the Andean Motmot and Amazonian Motmot, but its range does not overlap with these species.

Status: Uncommon in the deciduous forest of extreme northwest Peru. Generally below 1000 m.

Name in Spanish: Relojero Gritón

Sub-species: Whooping Motmot (Momotus subrufescens) Sharpe, 1892.

Meaning of Name: Momotus: A word derived from the word Motmot, which is supposed to be the native Mexican name for Motmots. subrufescens: L. sub=underneath. In reference to the rufescent color of the underparts in Whooping Motmot.

See more of the Family Momotidae   peru aves

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.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 11/09/2014.