Blue-crowned motmot in exhibit

Blue-crowned Motmot

Scientific Name

Momotus momota momota






Mexico through northern Argentina


Forests and woodlands

Estimated Wild Population

Blue-crowned motmot in exhibit
IUCN Conservation Status: LEAST CONCERN IUCN Conservation Status: LEAST CONCERN

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Physical Description

Blue-crowned motmots, also called Amazonian momtmots, were named after the bright band on the top of their large head. They have green wings; a black face; red eyes; and a curved, short beak that is serrated along the upper edge. These birds can stand up to 16 inches tall.

Interesting Fact 1

Blue-crowned motmots primarily consume insects, particularly beetles, as well as fruit.

Interesting Fact 2

They lay eggs in burrows dug in the soil, and their young emerge approximately a month after hatching.

Interesting Fact 3

Their population decline is likely due to ongoing habitat destruction and fragmentation

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