Blue Crowned Mot Mot
Motmots belong to the order of Coraciiformes, which includes species like kingfishers, bee-eaters, and the iconic Kookaburra.
The birds are on the move again now that the north is thawing out, and the local avian Belizeans, such as the keel billed toucan, the smaller but no less spectacular toucanets, the various parrots, myriad hummingbirds, our family’s’ personal favourites, the Blue Crowned Mot Mot with that amazing pendulum tail and all the other feathered friends seem happy to get their turf back from the migratory stopovers, although in nature’s bounty, there always seems to be plenty enough to go around in Belize.
By the way – did you know that the mot mot’s tail doesn’t come that way naturally? They’re one of nature’s few creatures that actually change their natural appearance so dramatically to attract mates. They actually pluck it with great care and accuracy to achieve the effect. And when you see that tail doing its pendulum thing you sort of understand why…
Photograph courtesy Chaa Creek
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