Motmots

$35.00

Poster 19×27 inches – Recycled Algae paper, beige 250 gr. Color pencil, each poster comes with a flyer with information about distribution and diet + stickers.

 

Motmots are methodical predators of large insects and small vertebrates in Neotropical forests. Although typically colorful and often vocal, motmots can be surprisingly difficult to locate as they sit and wait for passing prey. Most sport two distinctively racket-shaped tail feathers, formed when weak barbs from the feather shafts fall off during preening or normal wear. Possibly to communicate that a predator has been detected, these birds often wag their distinctive tails back and forth in irregular rhythms, freezing their feathered pendulums in place at unpredictable intervals along the arc of rotation. Motmots are among the most assiduous nest-excavators and care-givers of all coraciiform nest-burrowers, but their nesting habits are remarkably little studied.

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Description

Identification

  • Plumage typically green or blue-green or rich brown, usually with dark spot in center of breast
  • Wings short, rounded; tail long, graduated, often with racket-tip
  • Body small to medium, ovoid, slightly elongate
  • Bill medium length, moderately deep, slightly decurved, and serrate
  • Head medium-sized; neck short, thick
  • Legs short; feet medium-small
  • Sexes similar

 

Habitat

Motmots occur in most woodland and forested habitats in their range, and they require earthen banks for excavating nest cavities.

 

Diet and Foraging

Most motmots feed primarily on large arthropods, usually captured when the bird sallies out from a stationary perch. Motmots occasionally feed on a variety of other foods, including small vertebrates, crabs, fish, and fruit.

Breeding

Motmots are monogamous, with at least some species having long-term pair bonds. Like most Coraciiformes, motmots dig their own burrows, usually in natural or manmade banks, and they make a new burrow every season, sometimes as long as 5 m into the ground. The entrance to the burrow is typically wider than it is high. Clutch size for motmots is generally 4 eggs. Both parents participate in all aspects of parental care, and they take very long incubation bouts, apparently shifting each other from duty only once or twice per 24-hour period throughout an incubation period that lasts 18 to 22 days. The naked young never develop down (except in Aspatha), but instead grow directly into adult-like feathers.

Source: https://birdsoftheworld.org

Additional information

Weight 0.999 kg

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