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Blue-crowned Motmot front 2.jpg
Trinidad motmot (Momotus bahamensis)
Scientific classification

Brisson, 1760

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
Russet-crowned Mot-mot - Mexico S4E8487.jpg Momotus mexicanus Russet-crowned motmot Guatemala and Mexico
Blue-crowned Motmot (24857308040) (cropped).jpg Momotus momota Amazonian motmot eastern Venezuela to north-eastern Argentina
Blue-crowned Motmot (6900676752).jpg Momotus coeruliceps Blue-capped motmot eastern Mexico
Momotus aequatorialis - on the tree.jpg Momotus aequatorialis Andean motmot northern Colombia to western Bolivia
Blue-crowned Motmot back fir0002.jpg Momotus bahamensis Trinidad motmot Trinidad and Tobago
Blue-crowned Motmot (16376009632).jpg Momotus lessonii Lesson's motmot southern Mexico to western Panama
Momotus subrufescens, Gamboa, Panama.jpg Momotus subrufescens Whooping motmot southern Panama to northwestern Peru

The formerly named blue-crowned motmot has been split into several species.


  • Birds of Venezuela by Hilty, ISBN 0-7136-6418-5
  • A guide to the birds of Costa Rica by Stiles and Skutch ISBN 0-8014-9600-4