Bird genealogy>> Order Coraciiformes >> Family Momotidae
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White House, Escazu, San Jose
Costa Rica


Make Nikon D2X
Lens Nikkor AF-S VR 70-200 mm f/2.8G   at 500 mm
Exposure 1/160 s, f/4, ISO 800 
Image size 554 x 667 pixels

IOC Names

Deutsch  Blauscheitelmotmot Dutch  *Blauwkapmotmot
Italian  Motmot capoblu Spanish  Momoto Común


Motmots have tail feathers which look like pendulums which the bird moves from side to side. The barbs near the end of the two central tail feathers fall off during preening or abrasion with substrates and this is the origin of the racket shape of the tail . The juveniles have complete central feathers.

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Jean-Michel PAULUS