motmot definition

  • noun:
    • some of a few tropical US wild birds associated with family Momotidae, often having green and blue plumage with long tail feathers that spread-out at tip.
    • Any bird in the taxonomic family Momotidae, endemic towards neotropics.
    • anybody of several types of long-tailed, passerine wild birds associated with the genus Momotus, having a solid serrated beak. In many associated with species both long middle tail feathers tend to be racket-shaped at the tip, when adult. The bird is stated by some authors to cut them into this shape. They prey on bugs, reptiles, and good fresh fruit, and are also found from Mexico to Brazil. The name comes from its note.
    • A bird of household Momotid√¶ or Prionitid√¶; a sawbill.
    • tropical United states bird resembling a blue jay and achieving greenish and bluish plumage

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