Friday, February 22, 2013

Tody Motmot

Hylomanes momotula
The Tody Motmot is a small, colorful bird found in Central America. They have a very large range that spans across several different countries, and are quite common throughout it.

Tody Motmots live tropical and subtropical lowland forests, where it can be identified by its round green body, red crest, large beak, and dark black eye stripe. They feed on fruits and small animals like lizards and insects.

This particular species of Motmot is unique in its family because it does not posses the strange, long, tennis-racket shaped tail feathers that the other Motmots have. They are also the smallest members of the group.

IUCN Status : Least Concern
Location : Central America
Classification : Phylum : Chordata -- Class : Aves -- Order : Coraciiformes
Family : Momotidae -- Genus : Hylomanes -- Species : H. momotula
Image : dominic sherony

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