Coraciiformes

This bird order houses many colorful birds, such as kingfishers, bee-eaters, rollers, motmots and todies. There is very little literature on hybridization in the Coraciiformes. Introgression between two subspecies of the Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx erithaca) has been documented (Lim, Sheldon & Moyle, 2010; Sims, 1959). And an intergeneric hybrid between Amazonian Motmot (Momotus momota) and Rufous-capped Motmot (Baryphthengus ruficapillus) in Brazil has been morphologically described (Marcondes et al., 2013).

 

Momotus momota and Baryphthengus ruficapillus

Momotus momota and Barypthengus ruficapillus

 

References

Lim, H. C., Sheldon, F. H. & Moyle, R. G. (2010). Extensive color polymorphism in the southeast Asian oriental dwarf kingfisher Ceyx erithaca: a result of gene flow during population divergence? Journal of Avian Biology 41, 305-318.

Marcondes, R. S., Silveira, L. F., de Oliveira, D. F. N. & Cardoso, G. (2013). Occurrence of hybrids between Momotus momota and Baryphthengus ruficapillus (Momotidae) in central Brazil. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 125, 674-679.

Sims, R. (1959). The Ceyx erithacus and rufidorsus species problem. Journal of the Linnean Society of London, Zoology 44, 212-221.

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