From the Field: Broad-billed Motmot
Updated: Jan 14
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. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22682986A92971505.en.
Broad-billed Motmot (Electron platyrhynchum), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/brbmot1
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.