Blue-crowned motmot – Fauna of Nicaragua

Another regular visitor to the garden around La Mariposa Escuela de Español is the Blue-crowned motmot.   This guy looks a lot like the Turquoise-browed motmot (also called the Guardabarranco – the Nicaraguan national bird) but is distinct.

The head colouring is different but the easiest way to tell them apart is through the look of the tail.  The tail feathers of the Blue-crowned motmot extend all the way down to the tip, the tail feathers of the Guardabarranco are short so there is a noticeable gap to the tip of the tail.

These photos were taken from where we have our meals at the school.

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blue-crowned motmot at La Mariposa Escuela de Espanol


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