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Rufous-capped Motmot - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Rodrigo Conte
Brasilia, Brazil, December 2013
Baryphthengus ruficapillus


42 cm (16½ in)

  • Rufous crown and nape
  • Turquoise-bordered black eye mask
  • Green upperparts


South America: found from the lowlands of eastern Brazil to eastern Paraguay and north-eastern Argentina


Some authorities have this as a monotypic species[1] species, while others recognize the subspecies ruficapillus and berlai.

Rufous-capped Motmot was at one time considered a form of Rufous Motmot.


Moist lowland forests and gallery forests, along water courses and on mountain slopes, tropical savanna occurs up to 1200 m.


Observed in a lek containing 5 motmots.


Their diet consists mostly of large insects, larvae, spiders, land molluscs; small reptiles, birds and mammals. They also eat some fruit.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2015)
  3. BF Member observations

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