Andean motmot

Momotus aequatorialis

The Andean motmot or highland motmot is a colorful near-passerine bird found in the forests and woodlands from northern Colombia to western Bolivia. This species and the blue-capped motmot, Lesson's motmot, whooping motmot, Amazonian motmot, and Trinidad motmot were all considered conspecific.

The central crown is black and surrounded by a blue band. There is a black eyemask. The call is a low owl-like ''ooo-doot''.

These birds often sit still, and in their dense forest habitat can be difficult to see, despite their size. They eat small prey such as insects and lizards, and will also regularly take fruit.

Like most of the Coraciiformes, motmots nest in tunnels in banks, laying about three or four white eggs.
Status: Least concern
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAves
OrderCoraciiformes
FamilyMomotidae
GenusMomotus
SpeciesM. aequatorialis
Photographed in
Colombia