Neotropical Birds logo
Version 1.0

This is a historic version of this account.  Current version

 - Trinidad Motmot
 - Trinidad Motmot

Trinidad Motmot Momotus bahamensis

  • LC Least Concern
  • Names (9)
Thomas S. Schulenberg
Version: 1.0 — Published April 15, 2011

Sign in to see your badges

Welcome to Birds of the World!

You are currently viewing one of the free accounts available in our complimentary tour of Birds of the World. In this courtesy review, you can access all the life history articles and the multimedia galleries associated with this account.

For complete access to all accounts, a subscription is required.

Subscribe Now

Already a subscriber? Sign in

The Trinidad Motmot is a representative of the "Blue-crowned Motmot" complex. For many years, all members of this group were considered to be conspecific, but members of this group now are reclassified as representing five different species. The Trinidad Motmot is confined to the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. It is geographically isolated from other motmots, as no other representative of the "Blue-crowned Motmot" group occurs on the adjacent mainland in northeastern Venezuela. The Trinidad Motmot shares many features in common with other "Blue-crowned Motmots," such as the black center of the crown, bordered below with a broad blue band; the broad black line (or "mask")  through the eye; and the long tail with "raquet" tips. The Trinidad Motmot is strongly rufous on the underparts, however. As in other motmots, the nest is at the end of a long tunnel in the ground. Although there is some information on the basic life history of the Trinidad Motmot, the species has received relatively attention from researchers.

Distribution of the Trinidad Motmot
  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Trinidad Motmot

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. (2011). Trinidad Motmot (Momotus bahamensis), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.trimot1.01