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Andean Motmot Momotus aequatorialis

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


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Distribution in the Americas

Resident in the Andes from Colombia south to Bolivia. In Colombia, occurs in all three major cordilleras (Meyer de Schauensee 1949, Hilty and Brown 1986), but in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia found only along the eastern side of the Andes (Ridgely and Greenfield 2001a, Schulenberg et al. 2007). The southernmost reported records are in the department of La Paz, northwestern Bolivia (Hennessey et al. 2003).Distribution in Peru of Momotus aequatorialis. Solid circles: specimen records; open circles; sight records; dotted line: 1000 m contour (Schulenberg et al. 2006)

The elevational distribution is 1500-3100 m in Colombia (Hilty and Brown 1986); reported at 1000-2100 m in Ecuador (Ridgely and Greenfield 2001a); at 1000-2400 m in Peru (Schulenberg et al. 2007); and 1600-1900 m in Bolivia (Hennessey et al. 2003).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


The Andean Motmot primarily occurs in humid montane forest, often near steams; also occurs at forest edge and in second-growth forest (Parker et al. 1996, Ridgely and Greenfield 2001, Schulenberg et al. 2007).

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

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

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