Marina K. Villatoro
, July 5, 2010
The Turquoise-browed Motmot is a migratory bird very well-known in its range that lives in fairly open habitats such as forest edge, gallery forest and scrubland. It inhabits Central America from south-east Mexico mostly the Yucatn Peninsula, to Costa Rica, where it is common and not considered threatened.
There is a bright blue stripe above the eye and a blue-bordered black patch on the throat. The tips of the tail feathers are shaped like rackets and the bare feather shafts are longer than in other motmots. The flight feathers and upperside of the tail are blue. It has a mostly green body with a rufous back and belly.
Motmots eat small prey such as insects and lizards, and will also take fruit. In Costa Rica, motmots have been observed feeding on poison dart frogs. The bird is approximately 34 cm long and weighs about 65 grams. These guys have been known to live from 12 to 14 years. It has also been chosen as the national bird of both El Salvador and Nicaragua.
Motmots often move their tail back and forth in a wag-display that commonly draws attention to an otherwise hidden bird. Research indicates that motmots perform the wag-display when they detect predators (based on studies on Turquoise-browed Motmot) and that the display is likely to communicate that the motmot is aware of the predator and is prepared to escape. White eggs (3-6) are laid in a long tunnel nest in an earth bank or sometimes in a quarry or fresh-water well. Males apparently use their tail as a sexual signal, as males with longer tails have greater pairing success and reproductive success.
The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (30% decline over ten years or three generations).
Marina K. Villatoro, lives in Central America – Costa Rica and Guatemala for the past decade. She has traveled all over these areas with her family and now she loves to organize vacations to Costa Rica and Guatemala. Contact her for advice and to plan your perfect trip! Free reprint avaialable from: Fun Facts About Turquoise Browed Motmot.
- turquoise fun facts, motmot facts, motmot care, all about the bird turquoise fun facts, unique facts about turquoise, Turquoise-browed Motmot facts, turquoise browed motmot facts, turquoise bird in south texas, tuquoise fun facts, fun facts about turqoise
- Animal Facts – Clay Colored RobinThe Clay Colored Robin is a small common bird throughout all Central America. In Costa Rica it can be easily found in Manuel Antonio National Park and Cahuita National Park. Currently, the conservation rating for the Clay-colored Robin is Least Concern. The habitat of these birds ranges from South Texas…
- Another Central American Bird – The Green HeronThe Green Heron is a small bird that likes to stalk it’s pray. Native and migrating populations can be found all over Costa Rica as well as in most of Central America. They are quite common along water bodies such as mangroves, beaches and rivers….
- Fun Facts About Common Black HawksCommon Black Hawks are successful predatory birds. The short tail is black with a single broad white band and a white tip. The bill is black and the legs and cere are yellow. It has very broad wings, and is mainly black or dark gray….
- Central America Wildlife – Montezuma OropendolaMontezuna oropendolas are tropical birds. These guys are known for their huge teardrop shaped nests. When it comes to color adult males are mainly chestnut with a blackish head and rump, and a tail which is bright yellow apart from two dark central feathers. Their long bill is black at…
- Central America Wildlife – Magnificent Frigate BirdThe frigate birds are a family of seabirds and are also called frigate pelicans. It can be found breeding along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica and in the Corcovado National Park….
- Go To A Pheasant Farm & Enjoy Yourself With A HuntPheasants can be found in numerous places around the world with numerous different colorations that will identify a species. They need to have excellent habitat to thrive. In some regions the bird thrives and others it won’t. Like many bird species, the pheasant can be actually quite a yummy meal…
- How To Identify Bird BreedsThe number of birds throughout the entire world it’s an almost impractical task to make an identification of just one. Every species is going to have characteristics which will identify them. Those characteristics will be specific to that bird breed only. Through those characteristics you’ll be able to identify the…
- Things You Need To Know When Buying A Large Bird CageIf you are planning on keeping large birds as a pet, you must have a large bird cage. Look for quality, a large space and useful features when shopping for a cage. The dome-top and the play-top large bird cages are similar in some ways, but the former allows your…
- Facts About Ferret CagesAre you in search of cheap discount ferret cages for sale to buy one? The very fact that you are here shows that you are. Before proceeding further there are certain points to consider before buying one if you are a responsible pet lover….
- Things To Learn About Window Bird FeedersA window bird feeder is definitely an excellent factor for those persons who doesn’t have patio or a garden place….
| animal facts, animals of guatemala, bird species, bird species of Guatemala, bird watching in guatemala, Birds, central america wildlife, guatemala, guatemala travel, guatemala wildlife, motmot, travel, Turquoise-Browed Motmot, wildlife