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Any of various tropical American birds of the family Momotidae, usually having green and blue plumage with long tail feathers that have paddle- or racket-shaped tips.

[New Latin motmot, probably of imitative origin.]
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(Animals) any tropical American bird of the family Momotidae, having a long tail and blue and brownish-green plumage: order Coraciiformes (kingfishers, etc)
[C19: from American Spanish, imitative of the bird's call]
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any of various tropical American birds of the family Momotidae, akin to the kingfishers.
[1830–40; < New Latin]
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Noun1.motmot - tropical American bird resembling a blue jay and having greenish and bluish plumagemotmot - tropical American bird resembling a blue jay and having greenish and bluish plumage
coraciiform bird - chiefly short-legged arboreal nonpasserine birds that nest in holes
family Momotidae, Momotidae - a family of birds of the order Coraciiformes
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We documented window-kills in endemic Neotropical families, including guans (Cracidae), toucans (Ramphastidae), motmots (Momotidae), and manakins (Pipridae).
Species found in the area include keelbilled motmots (a bird species found in Central America and Southern Mexico), kinkajous, jaguars, jaguarundis, king vultures, margays, ocelots, ocellated turkeys, Yucatan spider monkeys, and Baird's tapirs.
Respiratory trematodiasis is reported rarely in birds, although blue-crowned motmots (Momotus momota) appear overrepresented in published (1,2) and anecdotal reports (J.
Birds included trogons, motmots and both species of toucan: chestnut-mandibled and keel-billed.
During a combination of private guided and shared shore excursions, travelers can discover scarlet macaws, rare blue morpho butterflies, monkeys, sloths, marmosets, ocelots, macaws, motmots, anteaters, turtles and dolphins.
vociferus Wilson, whip-poor- I C will Chordeiles minor (Forster), I O common nighthawk Order Apodiformes (swifts and hummingbirds) Family Apodidae (swifts) Chaetura pelagica (Linnaeus), I A chimney swift Family Trochilidae (hummingbords) Archilochus colubris (Linnaeus), I C ruby-throated hummingbird Selasphorus rufus (Gmelin), I R rufous hummingbird Order Coraciiformes (todies, motmots, and kingfishers) Family Alcedinidae (kingfishers) Ceryle alcyon (Linnaeus), belted I O kingfisher Order Piciformes (woodpeckers and allies) Family Picidae (woodpeckers) Colaptes auratus (Linnaeus), I C northern flicker Dryocopus pileatus (Linnaeus), I O pileated woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus (Linnaeus), I C red-bellied woodspecker M.
Oligocene fossils of todies and motmots (Momotidae) from Wyoming and France, for example, indicate that the current ranges of these two groups are relictual (Olson 1976, Mourer-Chauvir[acute{e}] 1986, Feduccia 1996).
Frogmouths Batrachostomidae; Owlet Nightjars; Potoos; Eared Nightjars; Nightjars; Treeswifts; Swifts; Hummingbirds; Trogons; Kingfishers Alcedinidae; Kingfishers Dacebridae; Kingfishers Cerylidae; Todies; Motmots; Bee Eaters; Rollers; Ground Rollers; Cuckoo Rollers; Hoopoes; Woodhoopoes; Hornbills; Ground Horbills; Jacamars; Puffbirds; Asian Barbets; African Barbets; Amercian Barbets; Honeyguides; Toucans; Wood- peckers; New Zealand Wrens; Pittas; Broadbills; False Sunbirds; Woodcreepers; Furnarids; Antbirds; Antthrushes; Gnateaters.