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From the Field: Broad-billed Motmot

Updated: Oct 9, 2021

Most often encountered as singles or in pairs, Broad-billed Motmot  (Electron platyrhynchum)  inhabits humid forest and older second-growth woodland; lowlands and foothills, to 1100 m.

Relative smallish motmot, large-headed in field; tail moderately graduated; bill very broad, flattened, with pronounced culmen, blue-green chins, and larger central chest spots.

This species is suspected to lose 13.1-14.3% of suitable habitat within its distribution over three generations (11 years) based on a model of Amazonian deforestation.  It is therefore suspected to decline by <25% over three generations.  


BirdLife International. 2016. Electron platyrhynchum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T22682986A92971505.

Broad-billed Motmot (Electron platyrhynchum), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

Snow, D. & Kirwan, G.M. (2017). Broad-billed Motmot (Electron platyrhynchum). 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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