Blue-capped Motmot Momotus coeruliceps

  • Order: Coraciiformes
  • Family: Momotidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Sophia Catherine Orzechowski and Thomas S. Schulenberg



The Blue-crowned Motmot is a sit-and-wait predator, perching still in the understory, then sallying to the ground or to foliage to capture prey or snatch fruit. Prey often is held in the bill and subdued by beating the prey against the perch (Skutch 1964). May accompany army ants (Skutch 1964).

Often swings the tail abruptly from side to side, especially when disturbed.

Social and interspecific behavior

Solitary or in pairs.

Recommended Citation

Orzechowski, S. C. and T. S. Schulenberg (2011). Blue-capped Motmot (Momotus coeruliceps), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.