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Momotus mexicanus (Russet-crowned Motmot)

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Wikipedia Abstract

The russet-crowned motmot (Momotus mexicanus) is a species of bird in the Momotidae family.It is found in Guatemala and Mexico.Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, and former forests that have been heavily degraded.
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Momotus mexicanus castaneiceps (Motagua motmot)
Momotus mexicanus mexicanus (Russet-crowned motmot)
Momotus mexicanus saturatus (Russet-crowned motmot)
Momotus mexicanus vanrossemi (Russet-crowned motmot)

EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 12.2299
EDGE Score: 2.58248


Adult Weight [1]  76 grams
Breeding Habitat [2]  Tropical dry forests
Wintering Geography [2]  Non-migrartory
Wintering Habitat [2]  Tropical dry forests
Diet [3]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Carnivore (Vertebrates)
Diet - Ectothermic [3]  20 %
Diet - Invertibrates [3]  80 %
Forages - Mid-High [3]  30 %
Forages - Understory [3]  20 %
Forages - Ground [3]  50 %
Clutch Size [4]  4
Incubation [4]  20 days
Maximum Longevity [1]  10 years


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Balsas dry forests Mexico Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
Central American montane forests Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Chiapas Depression dry forests Mexico Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
Jalisco dry forests Mexico Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
Sierra Madre de Chiapas moist forest Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Sierra Madre del Sur pine-oak forests Mexico Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Coniferous Forests
Sinaloan dry forests Mexico Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
Southern Pacific dry forests Mexico Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests

Important Bird Areas

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Name Location  IBA Criteria   Website   Climate   Land Use 
Cuilco Guatemala A1, A2, A3
Sierra de las Minas-Motagua Guatemala A1, A2, A3

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Madrean Pine-Oak Woodlands Mexico, United States No
Mesoamerica Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama No

Prey / Diet

Myrtillocactus geometrizans (Bilberry Cactus)[5]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Bassariscus astutus (Ringtail)1
Calothorax pulcher (Beautiful Sheartail)1
Campylorhynchus jocosus (Boucard's Wren)1
Catharus guttatus (Hermit Thrush)1
Cynanthus sordidus (Dusky Hummingbird)1
Haemorhous mexicanus (House Finch)1
Icterus parisorum (Scott's Oriole)1
Icterus pustulatus (Streak-backed Oriole)1
Icterus wagleri (Black-vented Oriole)1
Melanerpes hypopolius (Grey-breasted Woodpecker)1
Mimus polyglottos (Northern Mockingbird)1
Myiarchus cinerascens (Ash-throated Flycatcher)1
Myiarchus nuttingi (Nutting's Flycatcher)1
Myiarchus tuberculifer (Dusky-capped Flycatcher)1
Passerina versicolor (Varied Bunting)1
Peucaea mystacalis (Bridled Sparrow)1
Phainopepla nitens (Phainopepla)1
Pheucticus chrysopeplus (Yellow Grosbeak)1
Pheucticus melanocephalus (Black-headed Grosbeak)1
Picoides scalaris (Ladder-backed Woodpecker)1
Spinus psaltria (Lesser Goldfinch)1
Sturnira lilium (little yellow-shouldered bat)1
Toxostoma curvirostre (Curve-billed Thrasher)1
Trogon elegans (Elegant Trogon)1
Tyrannus vociferans (Cassin's Kingbird)1
Urocyon cinereoargenteus (Gray Fox)1
Zenaida asiatica (White-winged Dove)1

Range Map



Attributes / relations provided by
1de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
2Partners in Flight Avian Conservation Assessment Database, version 2017. Accessed on January 2018.
3Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
4del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
5Effectiveness of Dispersal of an Ornithocorous Cactus Myrtillocactus geometrizans (Cactaceae) in a Patchy Environment, Mónica G. Pérez-Villafaña and Alfonso Valiente-Banuet, The Open Biology Journal, 2009, 2, 101-113
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
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