From the Field: Broad-billed Motmot

August 21, 2017

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.  

 

 

References:

 

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.

 

 

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