Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several tropical American birds of the family Momotidae, usually having green and blue plumage with long tail feathers that spread out at the tip.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any bird in the taxonomic family Momotidae, endemic to the neotropics.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of several species of long-tailed, passerine birds of the genus Momotus, having a strong serrated beak. In most of the species the two long middle tail feathers are racket-shaped at the tip, when mature. The bird itself is said by some writers to trim them into this shape. They feed on insects, reptiles, and fruit, and are found from Mexico to Brazil. The name is derived from its note.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bird of the family Momotidæ or Prionitidæ; a sawbill.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. tropical American bird resembling a blue jay and having greenish and bluish plumage

Etymologies

New Latin motmot, probably of imitative origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Onomatopoeic, from American Spanish. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • My favorites were the toco toucan, motmot, currasows, Yucatan jay, cinnamon-colored cuckoo, and pileated woodpecker and violaceous trogon (a relative of the resplendent quetzal).

    Studying Nature in Mexico is an Unforgettable Adventure

  • Every year 70,000 tourists walk among the dripping forests, where relative humidity routinely reaches 100 percent, and marvel at the wealth of wildlife, from the ruby red-eyed tree frog to the sonorous blue-crowned motmot.

    The Forest In The Clouds

  • The male motmot performs a pendulum-like display, swinging the racket-shaped tail feathers from side to side, and calling a low, resonant 'woop-woop-woop' in perfect time to the swings.

    Wondrous Feathers

  • More on the motmot can be found here HT John at Prairie Ice.

    Wondrous Feathers

  • Reader, falconer, and birder Stacia Novy, in the military in Honduras, sent a photo of herself with the central tail feathers of a motmot that she picked up.

    Wondrous Feathers

  • This time, though, we decided that instead of hiking down from the parking lot we would hike up and try our luck at finding everyone's third motmot species of the trip, the more retiring Before reaching the park proper, however, we stopped along the entrance road to see what birds we might find in the area around the small lake created by a huge earthen dam.

    10,000 Birds

  • Keel-billed Motmot is inherently cool just by being a motmot, it is not in any way more cool than other motmots, so it is no great disaster that there is no picture to share (or so I rationalize anyway).

    10,000 Birds

  • Guardabarranco, or Turquoise browed motmot, is the name of the official bird of Nicaragua.

    Planet Ubuntu

  • Birds that visit mangroves during migration include spotted sandpiper (Actitis macularia), red-lored Amazon (Amazona autumnalis), snowy cotinga (Carpodectes nitidus), Wilson's plover (Charadrius wilsonia), green kingfisher (Chloroceryle americana), lesser nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis), common nighthawk (Chordeiles minor), keel-billed motmot (Electron carintum), and osprey (Pandion haliaetus) just to name a few.

    Rio Negro-Rio San Sun mangroves

  • The bulbul sings bright nightly lays no motmot ever hears while matta matta slowly swims in a wet, warm water sphere.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol VII No 2

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  • a tip of the tails

    April 1, 2012

  • Why thanks, c_b. I knew you'd come up with a great definition for motmot. :-)

    February 15, 2007

  • Any of several Central and South American birds comprising the family Momotidae (allied to the kingfishers), the members of which have colourful plumage with two long racket-shaped tail feathers and are mainly insectivorous.

    February 15, 2007