Motmots (Momotidae)

Turquoise-browed Motmot (Eumomota superciliosa) - HBW 6, p. 279

French: Motmot à sourcils bleus German: Brauenmotmot Spanish: Momoto Cejiazul

Taxonomy: Pyronites superciliosus Sandbach, 1837, Campeche, Mexico.
Highly distinctive, with no very close relatives. Geographical variation within disjunct range is probably complex, but general pattern of darkest forms in more humid areas, tawnier forms coastal, greener ones isolated in interior, and southernmost distinctly pale; further study required. Seven subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • superciliosa (Sandbach, 1837) - SE Mexico (from Campeche across N half of Yucatán Peninsula).
  • bipartita Ridgway, 1912 - S Mexico (Oaxaca, Chiapas) and Pacific slope of Guatemala.
  • vanrossemi Griscom, 1929 - interior Guatemala.

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  • superciliosa (Sandbach, 1837) - SE Mexico (from Campeche across N half of Yucatán Peninsula).
  • bipartita Ridgway, 1912 - S Mexico (Oaxaca, Chiapas) and Pacific slope of Guatemala.
  • vanrossemi Griscom, 1929 - interior Guatemala.
  • sylvestris Carriker & Meyer de Schauensee, 1935 - Caribbean lowlands of Guatemala.
  • euroaustris Griscom, 1929 - Caribbean lowlands of N Honduras.
  • apiaster (Lesson, 1842) - El Salvador, W Honduras and NW Nicaragua.
  • australis Bangs, 1906 - Pacific lowlands of SW Nicaragua and NW Costa Rica.
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