Turquoise-browed Motmot (Eumomota superciliosa)

Another of the Motmot species, this one is pretty similar to the Blue-crowned Motmot, but has rufous on the back and a great portion of the tail is bare shft, while other Motmot species have a tail that is bare only in the tip; its song is quite different as well. This is the National Bird of El Salvador and Nicaragua. In Costa Rica, it can be found in Guanacaste and the Central Pacific, and ocassionally in the western central valley. Like most other Motmots, they construct their nests as cavities in mud walls, hence their local name in El Salvador: “Barranquero”.

A trio of these birds perched very close to the road. We saw one of them feeding another, most probably a juvenile that has already attained its full size. Spotted in the road towards Barra Honda National Park, Guanacaste.

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