Blue-throated Motmot

The Blue-throated Motmot is a species of bird in the Momotidae family. It is monotypic within the genus Aspatha. It is found in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

The Blue-throated Motmot is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

Blue-throated Motmot - Aspatha gularis Keel-billed Motmot - Electron carinatum Blue-throated Motmot Aspatha gularis Volc More

Blue-throated Motmot (above center) is an elusive motmot in the montane forests of northern Central America, and is much more often heard than seen. It prefers the canopy of pine and humid cloud forests. Tody Motmot Hylomanes momotula is also a Central American species that can be very hard to observe as it sits in the undergrowth, but in drier, lower elevation woods than Blue-throated. The final non-racquet-tailed species is Rufous-capped Motmot Baryphtenengus ruficapillus of southeastern Brazil. More

The Blue-throated Motmot (Aspatha gularis) is a species of bird in the Momotidae family. It is monotypic within the genus Aspatha. It is found in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. References - * BirdLife International 2004. Aspatha gularis. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 24 July 2007. More

* Blue-throated Motmot, Aspatha gularis * Genus Momotus * Russet-crowned Motmot, Momotus mexicanus * Blue-crowned Motmot, Momotus momota * Genus Baryphthengus * Rufous Motmot, Baryphthengus martii * Rufous-capped Motmot, Baryphthengus ruficapillus * Genus Electron * Keel-billed Motmot, More

The blue-throated motmot sings at daybreak after leaving its earth hole; its song consists of pure full tones that rise and fall. FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET Insects are seized in flight by sallying; beetles make up a high proportion of the diet. Fruits are also consumed. REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY In Guatemalan highlands, motmots dig holes soon after young are fledged in late June or July. More

Young blue-throated motmots have soft down that appears soon after hatching. Both sexes care for the brood and feed the chicks lepidopterans and other insects, vertebrate innards, and protein-rich fruits. Young generally leave the nest at 24–32 days, though one record has a blue-crowned motmot leaving the nest at 38 days. Conservation status Of the nine species, only the keel-billed motmot is considered Vulnerable. The main threat is a rapid rate of habitat destruction. More

One feature making the Blue-throated Motmot unusual is its tail, which lacks the missing barbs characteristic of other motmot species. You might recall that in the Yucatan Turquoise-browed Motmots were frequently seen. When I introduced them I wrote: "The tail consists of two long central feathers that are stripped of their webbing for an inch or two, an inch or so above the tips. The adult birds remove the webbing themselves and I'm not at all sure why. More

Blue-throated Motmot Aspatha gularis 2009 IUCN Red List Category (as evaluated by BirdLife International - the official Red List Authority for birds for IUCN): Least Concern Justification This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence 30% decline over ten years or three generations). More

Blue-throated Motmot Distribution Map Bird Audio Clip AUDIO CLIP: Blue-throated Motmot (top) Turquoise-browed Motmot (Eumomota superciliosa) - This most striking of the motmots is found in the Yucatan Peninsula, s. and e. Guatemala, throughout Honduras, w. Nicaragua and n.w. Costa Rica.Turquoise-browed MotmotAlthough it is the most common of motmots it is quite beautiful and the one that most everyone sees first upon coming to Mesoamerica. More

Blue-throated Motmot - Photo copyright Don RobersonBlue-throated Motmot Photo copyright Don Roberson Broad-billed Motmot - Photo copyright Richard GarriguesBroad-billed Motmot Photo copyright Richard Garrigues ... Keel-billed Motmot Turquoise-browed Motmot - Photo copyright Kevin C. Loughlin/Adventure Camera, Inc.Turquoise-browed MotmotPhoto copyright Kevin C. Loughlin/Adventure Camera, Inc. More

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Blue-throated Motmot Aspatha gularis 61. Blue-crowned Motmot Momotus momota 62. Green Kingfisher Chloroceryle americana 63. Emerald Toucanet Aulacorhynchus prasinus 64. Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus 65. Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons 66. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus (H) 67. Golden-olive Woodpecker Piculus rubiginosus 68. Guatemalan (Northern) Flicker Colaptes auratus 69. More

Blue-throated Motmot Aspatha gularis 23. Emerald Toucanet Aulacorhynchus prasinus 24. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus 25. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus 26. Ruddy Foliage-gleaner Automolus rubiginosus 27. Spot-crowned Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes affinis 28. Mountain Elaenia Elaenia frantzii 29. Paltry Tyrannulet Zimmerius vilissimus 30. More

Blue-throated Motmot is more common in this area than at the El Triunfo cloud forest, and a number of bird species not found in the cloud forest occur here, such as Rufous Saberwing, Golden-browed Warbler and Brown-capped Vireo. However, the main attraction of Canada Honda, and the reason it is world-famous in birdwatching circles, is that it is the best (indeed, one of the only) places to see the endangered Azure-rumped Tanager. More

Blue-throated Motmot Aspatha gularis = Described by: Lafresnaye (1840) Alternate common name(s): None known by website authors Old scientific name(s): None known by website authors Photographs No photographs are available for this species Range C. Central America; S. Mexico from e. Oaxaca and Chiapas s. through Guatemala and El Salvador to Honduras. More

Blue-throated Motmot Aspatha gularis Broad-billed Motmot Electron platyrhynchum Keel-billed Motmot Electron carinatum Turquoise-browed Motmot Eumomota superciliosa Rufous Motmot Baryphthengus martii Rufous-capped Motmot Baryphthengus ruficapillus Russet-crowned Motmot Momotus mexicanus Blue-crowned Motmot Momotus momota Top Todidae Cuban Tody Todus multicolor Narrow-billed Tody Todus angustirostris Puerto Rican Tody Todus mexicanus Jamaican Tody Todus todus Broad-billed Tody Todus subulatus More

blue-throated motmot, restricted to the central highlands of middle America. Habitat - Most species are found in tropical or montane rainforest. Riverine gallery forest may be inhabited by blue-crowned, russet-crowned, and turquoise-browed motmots. Blue-crowned motmots will inhabit flooded forest, and blue-throated motmots will live in highland pine-oak forest. Several motmot species are found in secondary forests, often visually inconspicuous and widely distributed. Most motmots inhabit the midstory or understory of forest or woodland. More

Order : Coraciiformes
Family : Momotidae
Genus : Aspatha
Species : gularis
Authority : (Lafresnaye, 1840)