|Trinidad motmot (Momotus bahamensis)|
Momotus is a small genus of the motmots, a family of near passerine birds found in forest and woodland of the Neotropics. They have a colourful plumage, which is green on the back becoming blue on the flight feathers and the long tails. The barbs near the ends of the two longest central tail feathers fall off, leaving a length of bare shaft so that tails appear racket-shaped.
Momotus species, like other motmots, eat small prey such as insects and lizards, and will also take fruit. They nest in tunnels in banks, laying about four white eggs.
|Image||Scientific name||Common Name||Distribution|
|Momotus mexicanus||Russet-crowned motmot||Guatemala and Mexico|
|Momotus momota||Amazonian motmot||eastern Venezuela to north-eastern Argentina|
|Momotus coeruliceps||Blue-capped motmot||eastern Mexico|
|Momotus aequatorialis||Andean motmot||northern Colombia to western Bolivia|
|Momotus bahamensis||Trinidad motmot||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Momotus lessonii||Lesson's motmot||southern Mexico to western Panama|
|Momotus subrufescens||Whooping motmot||southern Panama to northwestern Peru|
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