Blue-crowned motmot

Momotus momota

The blue-crowned motmot is a colourful near-passerine bird found in forests and woodlands of eastern Mexico, Central America, northern and central South America, and Trinidad and Tobago. In Trinidad and Tobago, it is called the Trinidad motmot with the binomial ''Momotus bahamensis''. As presently defined, it includes several other taxa that possibly should be recognized as valid species, including the Andean motmot , ''Momotus aequatorialis''.
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Appearance

The blue-crowned motmot is 38–48 cm long, depending on race. Nominate ''M. m. momota'' may weigh as little as 77 g , while the highland motmot may weigh up to 175 g ....hieroglyph snipped... The tail is very long with a bare-shafted racket tip. The upperparts are green, shading to blue on the lower tail, and the underparts are green or rufous depending on subspecies.″

In all except the entirely blue-crowned subspecies ''coeruliceps'', the central crown is black and surrounded by a blue band. There is a black eyemask, and the nape of ''momota'' is chestnut. The call is a low owl-like ''ooo-doot'', although there are variations depending on the subspecies involved.

These birds often sit still, and in their dense forest habitat can be difficult to see, despite their size. They eat small prey such as insects and lizards, and will also regularly take fruit.

Like most of the Coraciiformes, motmots nest in tunnels in banks, laying about three or four white eggs.
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Behavior

The blue-crowned motmot is 38–48 cm long, depending on race. Nominate ''M. m. momota'' may weigh as little as 77 g , while the highland motmot may weigh up to 175 g ....hieroglyph snipped... The tail is very long with a bare-shafted racket tip. The upperparts are green, shading to blue on the lower tail, and the underparts are green or rufous depending on subspecies.″

In all except the entirely blue-crowned subspecies ''coeruliceps'', the central crown is black and surrounded by a blue band. There is a black eyemask, and the nape of ''momota'' is chestnut. The call is a low owl-like ''ooo-doot'', although there are variations depending on the subspecies involved.

These birds often sit still, and in their dense forest habitat can be difficult to see, despite their size. They eat small prey such as insects and lizards, and will also regularly take fruit.

Like most of the Coraciiformes, motmots nest in tunnels in banks, laying about three or four white eggs.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAves
OrderCoraciiformes
FamilyMomotidae
GenusMomotus
SpeciesM. momota