Order
Coraciiformes
Family
Momotidae
Genus
Momotus
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SPECIES

Andean Motmot Momotus aequatorialis

Thomas S. Schulenberg
Version: 1.0 — Published April 15, 2011

Behavior

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Behavior

Little is reported on the behavior of the Andean 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.

Territoriality

Sexual Behavior

Social and interspecific behavior

Solitary or in pairs. Do not join mixed-species flocks.

Predation

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. (2011). Andean Motmot (Momotus aequatorialis), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.higmot1.01