Motmots are medium-sized, colourful birds related to
kingfishers and rollers. The Blue-crowned Motmot has an
extensive range covering Mexico, Central
America, the Caribbean and much of South America.
Male and female have similar plumage. The racket-shaped tail
plumes, on both males and females (unusually for birds) are
used as an additional means of communication.
Showing the Blue Crown. There are many subspecies over its
range and while most have a blue circle with a black cap,
subspecies M. m. coeruliceps (sometimes treated as
a full species M. coeruliceps) has an entirely blue
crown/cap. The underside can be orange (as shown) or light
green depending on subspecies. Other subspecies are also
sometimes treated as full species.