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El Valle - the best place for Panama Birds & Wildlife Photos of 2017 (pt. 5) - Featured Species: Tody Motmot (Hylomanes momotula)

The Tody Motmot (Hylomanes momotula) was our principal target in El Valle, and it took several visits to finally have the opportunity to get this series of photos. These were possible when we met face to face with this little motmot at a point blank distance of 3 m (9.8 ft), and at about 1 m (3 ft) from the ground. Honestly, this was not the first time we had seen it (or heard it), but was the first time it was completely collaborative, even turning from back to front.
We didn’t need playback, or a guide to locate it, we were simply lucky to walk into it after several hours walking around in a forest where we had seen it before and is localised, the same day we found the Chuck-Will’s-Widow. However, as explained above was not the first time we were looking for it.

This is the smallest species in the Momotidae family, and monotypic within the genus Hylomanes. It is found in Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama. Its natural habit…

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