Rufous-capped Motmot Baryphthengus ruficapillus

Brazilian name:
Rufous-capped Motmot, Parque do Zizo, São Paulo, Brazil, November 2006 - click for larger image Brazil

The Rufous-capped Motmot is distributed in east and south Brazil, eastern Paraguay and north-eastern Argentina. It is found in the Atlantic Rain Forest and is the only motmot found in south-east Brazil.

It has a rufous head with a black mask. Upperparts are green while below it has a rufous breast band on otherwise olive-green underparts.

It feeds mainly on insects, snails, reptiles and small mammals and birds but also eats some fruit.

Rufous-capped Motmot, Tersópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 2008 - click for larger image There are recordings on xeno-canto, a distribution map from NatureServe and additional information available via Avibase. There is a page with excellent photos at Wikiaves.
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