long raquet-tipped tail; rufous underparts (Panama; 2008-05-20)

Blue-crowned Motmot
Momotus momota

Native Range: Latin America

Notes: a large motmot with beautiful colors and a long raquet-tipped tail; inhabits deep tropical forests where it usually hides in the shadows; no sexual dimorphism.

black spot on central breast; black face mask (Panama; 2008-05-20)

blue borders to face mask; greenish back and wing (Panama; 2008-05-20)

patch of blue on the wing (Panama; 2008-05-20)

often remains still and hidden in forest understory (Panama; 2008-05-20)

perched on a branch (Panama; 2008-05-20)

dorsal view showing greenish upperparts (Panama; 2008-05-20)

holding a berry (Panama; 2008-05-20)

no longer holding a berry (Panama; 2008-05-20)

beautiful and unusual mix of colors (Panama; 2008-05-20)

note also the red iris (Panama; 2008-05-20)

rare occurrence on the ground (Panama; 2008-05-20)

close-up of the head area (Panama; 2008-05-20)