Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology

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MOMOTUS

(Momotidae; Ϯ Amazonian Motmot M. momota) Mod. corruption Momot (Nieremberg 1635) of Aztec/Nahuatl onomatopoeia Motmot, for a blue-capped, pigeon-sized bird that inhabited the tropical regions; "Momotus. Genus 57.   ...   Genus Momoti. (1)   ...   (1) Momotus, nomen latinum ex nomine Mexicano Momot a me conflatum   ....   Le genre du Momot. (1)   ...   (1) Momot, nom que les Mexiquains donnent à la premiere espece de ce genre" (Brisson 1760): ex "Momot" of Nieremberg 1635, Willughby 1676, and Ray 1713, and "Motmot" of Hernandez 1651; "Momotus Brisson, Orn., 1760, 1, p. 44; 4, p. 465. Type, by tautonymy, Ramphastos momota Linné." (Peters 1945, V, 225).
Var. Momot, Momota, Motmotus.
Synon. Baryphonus, Crybelus, Prionites.