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A Charismatic Little Motmot

Updated: Oct 9, 2021

The Tody Motmot (Hylomanes momotula) is a little motmot of Central American lowland and hill forest. Is named for its superficial resemblence to the todies of the Caribbean. It is almost always easiest to detect by its song, a rising-falling and accelerating series of rising whistles.

Highly distinctive, with no obvious close relatives; usually regarded as primitive. Geographical variation possibly clinal; further study needed. Three subspecies currently recognized.


. (). Tody Motmot (Hylomanes momotula), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

Snow, D. & Kirwan, G.M. (2017). Tody Motmot (Hylomanes momotula). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.

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