April 25, 2015 – Turquoise-browed Motmot (Eumomota superciliosa)

Requested by: taylorrbranham

These motmots are found in parts of southern Mexico and Central America, including Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and El Salvador. They eat insects, reptiles, and fruits. Both males and females have long, racket-shaped tails, which they use in a wagging display that probably helps to deter predators by showing them the motmot knows they are there. Males have slightly longer tails, likely as a result of sexual selection. They nest in tunnels dug into banks. The Turquoise-browed Motmot is the national bird of El Salvador, where it is known as the Torogoz.