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Alternative names: Highland Motmot or Equatorial Motmot
A typical Motmot in that the tail distally has racquets at the end of the tail. It is mostly green both above and below, with throat washed slight to strongly blue, breast washed with ochraceous-olive, sides and rear of neck sometimes also with ochraceous wash, tail green with blue distally. In the head is black from the side of bill circling around the back of the head, bordered above by a broad turquoise diadem and a central black crown.
Southern birds (subspecies chlorolaemus) differ in having a more clean, green color overall.
There has been a recent split of a species known as Blue-crowned Motmot (Momotus momota) into six species:
There are two subspecies:
Secondary growth Andean forest.
Breeding: nests at end of tunnel excavated in earthen embankments.
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