Turquoise-browed Motmot

It has been a long time since I’ve photographed one of these fave birds in my yard, so I was smiling when I photographed him in my back Nance Tree, uphill or above my roof. Then I went straight in the house and started processing the photos and this shot was my favorite, writing this blog post 12 days ago. The Esquinas trip got me ahead of schedule and I just may stay that way with good birds like this stopping by! 🙂

Turquoise-browed Motmot, Atenas, Alajuela, Costa Rica

We can regularly have two different species of motmots, this Turquoise-browed Motmot and the Lesson’s Motmot (both linked to eBird). The Lesson’s used to be called blue-crowned which was more descriptive, but there are reasons for name changes. And of course I have lots of photos of both in my galleries plus a few of the other 2 Motmots:

¡Pura Vida!

4 Replies to “Turquoise-browed Motmot”

  1. Charlie! All of the gallery’s are fabulous but my favorite color is turquoise so you know what my favorite is!

    Thank you!!!


  2. I didn’t know there were 2 kinds of mot mots ! We see lessons mot mot frequently. We now cut up bananas because I have seen them try to fly away with a whole banana which results in it falling into the brush. I will now pay attention and try to spot the turquoise version.

    1. Turquoise-browed looks similar to the Lessons but with an obvious eyebrow that often looks more white than turquoise to me. Both are around here, I just don’t see them as often as you do. I’ve never seen the other two kinds of Motmots in Atenas, Rufous and Broad-billed, which also look a lot like each other in their similar rufous colors. They are rarely seen anywhere.

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