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Tail is green with blue lower tail with two longest feathers showing an area missing barbs followed by an area with barbs (rackets); the tip of these feathers is black in some subspecies.
Notice that the tail feathers are normal when growing, the barbs fall off shortly after, and it is therefore possible to see a bird of this species that is missing rackets (feathers may also break below the rackets).
The female is smaller and duller.
Juvenile has reduced black on upper breast.
Northern half of South America.
There has been a recent split of a species known as Blue-crowned Motmot (Momotus momota) into five species:
Clements recognizes 8 subspecies:
Habits near water, rivers, streams, and builds its nest in hollows excavated on banks. Likes to perch on branches in the shadow, inside forest, in hedgerows, or in scrub.
It nests in tunnels in a bank, 3-4 white eggs are laid.
The diet includes insects, lizards and fruit.
A song consisting of two hoots.
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