January 27, 2017

Rufous motmot

Taken in Ecuador near Tandayapa,
A regular visitor to the feeders at the lodge where we stayed.

Baryphthengus martii

The Rufous Motmot prefers humid lowland and hill forest where it consumes a large variety of food items ranging from various fruits to invertebrates and even small vertebrates, sometimes in the company of army ants. When foraging, it is a typical low energy specialist sitting quietly on a shaded horizontal branch for long periods of time from which it suddenly darts out after passing insects.

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