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Blue-capped Motmot

Momotus coeruliceps

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Large motmot of humid forest and edge in tropical lowlands and foothills of northeast Mexico. Perches at all levels, usually in shady areas. Crown solidly blue, rather than blue with a big black central patch as on Lesson’s Motmot, which occurs to the south. The name "motmot" comes from the double-hooting call, which can sound like an owl, and is mainly uttered around dawn. Formerly known as Blue-crowned Motmot.

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Neotropical Birds

Life histories of all species breeding in Mexico, Central America, and South America