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Blue-Crowned Motmot Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Momotus momota
  • Class

  • Order

  • Range

    The species is found in Central and South America, from Mexico to northern Argentina.

  • Status

    Blue-crowned motmots are considered a species of least concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Lincoln Park Zoo participates in the Blue-Crowned Motmot Species Survival Plan®, a shared management effort by zoos throughout the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

  • Habitat

    Forests and woodlands

  • Niche

    Insects--particularly beetles--make up the majority of the species’ diet, although the birds will also feed on fruit. Paired blue-crowned motmots often separate during the day to forage.

  • Life History

    Blue-crowned motmots lay eggs in burrows dug in the soil. The males and females both incubate the eggs. The young emerge from the burrow approximately a month after hatching.


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