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Blue Crowned Motmot
Momotus momota
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Family: Motmotidae
The motmots or Momotidae are a family of tropical birds in the order Coraciiformes, which also includes the kingfishers, bee-eaters and rollers.

These are medium-sized near passerine species of dense forests in the tropical New World. These birds have soft plumage and long racquet-shaped tails. They eat small prey such as insects and lizards, and will also take fruit.

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

Species list:

Family: Motmotidae

  • Tody Motmot, Hylomanes momotula

  • Blue-throated Motmot, Aspatha gularis

  • Russet-crowned Motmot, Momotus mexicanus
  • Blue-crowned Motmot, Momotus momota
  • Highland Motmot, Momotus aequatorialis

  • Rufous Motmot, Baryphthengus martii
  • Rufous-capped Motmot, Baryphthengus ruficapillus

  • Keel-billed Motmot, Electron carinatum
  • Broad-billed Motmot, Electron platyrhynchum

  • Turquoise-browed Motmot, Eumomota superciliosa

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