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Andean motmot        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Andean motmots (formerly called 'highland motmot') inhabit mid-altitude cloud forests in the Andes.   It is the higher-altitude replacement for the blue-crowned or Amazonian motmot.   Motmots typically live in thick -- and consequently dark -- forests, and most of these images required substantial electronic flash lighting.   However, these birds typically sit very still, making it a bit easier to get photos.   These were photographed at about 1500 m elevation along the Manu Road in southeastern Peru, and at about 2000 m in the mountains above Cali, Colombia.

  • Canon 1D4 or 7D or 7D2; 500 mm IS lens or 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X or 2X extender, fill-in flash (2013, 2014, 2015)