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31â€“39 cm (12Â¼-15Â¼ in)
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Would be unmistakable, except for confusion with the similar Rufous Motmot. The latter is considerably larger, has a broader mask, narrower bill, and most diagnostic, rufous plumage that extends to the lower belly.
Six subspecies are recognized:
Lower and middle levels in humid forest and forest borders. Observed at heights up to 1000 m.
Sallies from a perch, to capture large insects from surfaces (not in mid-air, flycatcher style). Perches patiently, often in an exposed situation. Individual or in pairs.
Their main diet consists of insects and their larvae, with the addition of spiders, centipedes, scorpions, small frogs, lizards and snakes.
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