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 Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern

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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.

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

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

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

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