Momotidae


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.

Momotidae

[mə′mäd·ə‚dē]
(vertebrate zoology)
The motmots, a family of colorful New World birds in the order Coraciiformes.

Momotidae

 

(motmots), a family of birds of the order Coraciiformes. Body length, 17–47 cm. The edges of the bill are serrated. The tail is graduated; the shafts of the middle rectrices are bare at the top (the birds pluck the feathers themselves). The plumage is green, with light blue, black, and red spots. There are eight species, distributed in the tropical forests of Central and South America. Motmots nest in burrows (up to 1.8 m deep) dug in cliffs or level ground. There are three or four eggs in a clutch; both parents incubate for 21 or 22 days. The young leave the nest in 28 to 31 days. Motmots feed on insects and fruits.

Mentioned in ?