Momotidae – Motmots

Blue-crowned Motmot (Momotus momota) by Ian

Blue-capped Motmot (Momotus momota) by Ian

But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: (Job 12:7 KJV)


CLASS – AVES, Order – CORACIIFORMES, Family – Momotidae – Motmots


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Species (14)

Tody Motmot (Hylomanes momotula) ©WikiC
Blue-throated Motmot (Aspatha gularis) ©©campylopterus
Russet-crowned Motmot (Momotus mexicanus) IBC
Blue-capped Motmot (Momotus coeruliceps) by Judd Patterson
Lesson’s Motmot (Momotus lessonii) ©©Flickr
Whooping Motmot (Momotus subrufescens) ©©Flickr
Trinidad Motmot (Momotus bahamensis) ©©Rainbirder
Amazonian(Blue-crowned Motmot) by DavesBP
Andean Motmot (Momotus aequatorialis) Oiseaux
Rufous Motmot (Baryphthengus martii) ©WikiC
____ (Baryphthengus martii semirufus) ©©AChapman
Rufous-capped Motmot (Baryphthengus ruficapillus) Oiseaux
Keel-billed Motmot (Electron carinatum) @WikiC
Broad-billed Motmot (Electron platyrhynchum) ©©fveronesi1 – Video
Turquoise-browed Motmot (Eumomota superciliosa) by Reinier
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The motmots or Momotidae are a family of birds in the near passerine order Coraciiformes, which also includes the kingfishers, bee-eaters and rollers. All extant motmots are restricted to woodland or forest in the Neotropics, and the largest diversity is in Middle America. They have a colourful plumage and a relatively heavy bill. All except the Tody Motmot have relatively long tails that in some species has a distinctive racket-like tip.

Motmots eat small prey such as insects and lizards, and will also take fruit. In Costa Rica, motmots have been observed feeding on poison dart frogs. (Wikipedia with editing)

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