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1 September 2013 Occurrence of hybrids between Momotus momota and Baryphthengus ruficapillus (Momotidae) in central Brazil
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We describe a hybrid between the Amazonian Motmot (Momotus momota) and the Rufous-capped Motmot (Baryphthengus ruficapillus), collected in northern Goiás, Brazil. In some characters (e.g., shape of the tail and facial mask) the hybrid is similar to B. ruficapillus, in others (e.g., measures and amount of blue in the plumage) it is intermediate between the two parents, and in others (e.g., color of the underparts) it is unlike any of them. Photographs document the occurrence of hybrids in two additional localities in Goiás. Complexity of the genetic control of plumage color in birds may explain the hybrid's characters, and rarity of B. ruficapillus may be a factor leading to hybridization between these species. This is the first known case of intergeneric hybridization in the Coraciiformes.

2013 by the Wilson Ornithological Society
Rafael S. Marcondes, Luís Fábio Silveira, Deborah F. N. de Oliveira, and Gabriella Cardoso "Occurrence of hybrids between Momotus momota and Baryphthengus ruficapillus (Momotidae) in central Brazil," The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 125(3), (1 September 2013). https://doi.org/10.1676/13-024.1
Received: 4 February 2013; Accepted: 1 May 2013; Published: 1 September 2013
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