Order Coraciiformes

Family Momotidae

Motmots
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General
  • Medium-sized arboreal birds, with more or less broad, flattened bill, short, rounded wings and short legs; most with racquet-tipped tail.
  • Neotropical.
  • Tropical and subtropical forest and woodland; some species also in semi-open areas.
  • 16-48 cm.
  • 6 genera, 14 species, 47 taxa.
  • 1 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Snow, D. (2017). Motmots (Momotidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/52273 on 30 May 2017).