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Whooping Motmot Momotus subrufescens

Sophia Catherine Orzechowski and Thomas S. Schulenberg
Version: 1.0 — Published April 15, 2011


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Distribution in the Americas

The Whooping Motmot occurs from central Panama east across the lowlands of northern Colombia and northern Venezuela, east to Aragua (Hilty 2003). Absent from most of the Pacific slope of Colombia (except the northernmost area, near the Panama border), but there is a disjunct population (argenticinctus) in western Ecuador and northwestern Peru.

Occurs up to 13oo m in Colombia (Hilty and Brown 1986); in western Ecuador it is regular up to 1000 m but locally is found up to 1600-1800 m (Ridgely and Greenfield 2001a).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


Found in a variety of forested habitats, including humid lowland evergreen forest, deciduous forest, forest edge, and secondary forests.

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

Distribution of the Whooping Motmot
  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Whooping Motmot

Recommended Citation

Orzechowski, S. C. and T. S. Schulenberg (2011). Whooping Motmot (Momotus subrufescens), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.bucmot3.01