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Andean Motmot Momotus aequatorialis

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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

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Members of the "Blue-crowned Motmot" complex can be divided into two vocal groups, those that give songs consist of a single note, and those whose song contains two notes. The Andean Motmot is a member of the double-noted group. The song is described as "a monotone boop-oop, very similar to [the song of] Rufous Motmot [Baryphthengus martii]" (Lane, in Schulenberg et al. 2007). The song of Andean Motmot can be contrasted to that of the Amazonian Motmot (Momotus momota), the first note of which rises: whOOP-oop (Lane, in Schulenberg et al. 2007).

Occasionally the Andean Motmot also gives a single whoop, and, when duetting, has "a rolling series of hoots" (Lane, in Schulenberg et al. 2007).

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

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