Guardabarranco, National Bird of Nicaragua

Guardabarranco, National Bird of Nicaragua

The Turquoise-browed Motmot (Eumomota superciliosa) also called Guardabarranco in Nicaragua, is a colourful, medium-sized bird of the motmot family, Momotidae. Quite common in Central America, the bird is approximately 34 cm long and weighs about 65 grams. This brightly colored bird can be easily recognized by its long, light blue tail. The Turquoise-browed Motmot is surely one of the most flamboyantly plumaged bird. It can survive in a variety of habitats, but it prefers tropical deciduous and tropical evergreen gallery forest. Motmots are omnivorous. They eat small insects and reptiles but they might also eat fruits.

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