Momotus is a genus of the motmots, a family of tropical near passerine birds. The genus has three species:

These are birds of dense forests in the tropical New World with soft plumage, which is green on the back becoming blue on the flight feathers and the long tails.

The barbs near the ends of the two longest central tail feathers fall off, leaving a length of bare shaft so that tails appear racket-shaped.

Momotus species, like other motmots, eat small prey such as insects and lizards, and will also take fruit. They nest in tunnels in banks, laying about four white eggs.


  • Birds of Venezuela by Hilty, ISBN 0-7136-6418-5
  • A guide to the birds of Costa Rica by Stiles and Skutch ISBN 0-8014-9600-4

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