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Blue-Crowned Motmot

Blue-Crowned Motmot
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Copyright: Selen Ediger (SelenE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-03
Categories: Birds, Rain Forest
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of South America, Birds of PERU [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-24 14:44
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Blue-Crowned Motmot
Momotus momota
(formerly called as Highland Motmot- Momotus aequatorialis)

Class: AVES
Scientific Name: Momotus momota
Species Authority: (Linnaeus, 1766)
Synonym/s: Momotus aequatorialis Gould, 1857
Common Name/s: BLUE-CROWNED MOTMOT (Eng)
Taxonomic Notes: Momotus momota (Sibley and Monroe 1990, 1993) was previously split into M. momota and M. aequatorialis following Stotz et al. (1996), but this treatment is no longer adopted, following SACC (2005)


*The Blue-crowned Motmot, Momotus momota, is a near-passerine bird which is a resident breeder in the rain forests of Mexico, Central and South America, and Trinidad and Tobago.

This motmot is a large tropical bird related to other colourful families such as the kingfishers, bee-eaters and rollers. Like most of the Coraciiformes, motmots nest in tunnels in banks, laying about three or four white eggs.

The Blue-crowned Motmot is 41-46cm long, depending on race. Nominate M. m. momota weighs 145g. The tail is very long with a bare-shafted racket tip. The upperparts are green, shading to blue on the lower tail, and the underparts are green or rufous depending on subspecies.

The head has a black crown, which is surrounded by a blue and purple band. There is a black eyemask, and the nape of momota is chestnut. The call is a low owl-like ooo-doot.

These birds often sit still, and in their dense forest habitat can be difficult to see, despite their size. They eat small prey such as insects and lizards, and will also regularly take fruit.

The upland subspecies was formerly split as the Highland Motmot, Momotus aequatorialis (Gould, 1858) a species recognised, for example, by Sibley and Monroe, but this treatment is no longer adopted, following SACC (2005).
(*Source: wikipedia)

Exposure Time: 1/64
F-Stop: f/5.6
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 275 mm
Date Taken: 2008-06-03 13:19
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Canon 430EX Speedlite Flash

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-24 15:04]

Hi Selen

Great shot of this motmot - great POV and framing plus excellent detail and colour.


Merhaba Selen Hanım,

Ne kadar güzel bakıyor öyle.. Çok başarılı bir çekim. Her zamanki üstün kalitede. Elinize sağlık.


çok güzel bizlere göre degişik bir kuş zarafeti güzel olmuş ellerine saglık selen

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-06-24 15:34]

Hola Selen.
Elegante la pose de este colorido Pajarillo, pero su cola tan larga hace de esta imagen una exelente presentacion.
La nota es muy educativa.
Saludos Selen.

Beautiful bird Selen,
The colors and that extra long tail extension is amazing :)
Well done!

Hello Selen,
Kingfishers, Rollers and Bee-eaters are beautiful birds and great photo models and so is this Motmot. Add to this the latter is rather unknown compared to the other species, at least for yours truly:-).
Birding in Machu Picchu. Wow. One would expect a Lama:-)

Selen hanım çok güzel ve değişik bir egzotik kuş. Nefis çekmişsiniz. Elinize sağlık.

Hi Selen,

Exotic bird with a long & designed tail. The perching angle is showing the the total length.



Thanks for bringing this bird to TN. It sure is a beauty. The long tail and bright colors are definitely exotic looking (at least to me) - makes for a nice addition to the TN gallery. You have included a very nice, informative note as well. Great work!

Best Regards,


Selene, my sister,
I will one day dedicate to you a shot I find worthy of you!But till then, I must learn this fine art that you've perfected so well...
thanks for sharing this astonishingly beautiful shot!

Merhaba Selen,
Something special from the well known place of Machu Picchu!
many thanks for your effort from heart to share the Motmot that we do not have much chances to see except from your posting!
great pose of it in perfect exposure and focus with wonderful colour
my compliment, Sis!

Hi Selen,

Wonderful image of this stunning bird, beautiful colours and detail, and the tail is just amazing, really lovely work, t.f.s.

Cheers Rick

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-06-24 23:45]
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Merheba Selen Hanim nefis bir kuş ve harika görüntülemişsiniz. Elinize sağlık.

Elinize sağlık Selen Hanim.Gerçekten güzel bir kuş ve siz de ustalığınızı konuşturmuşsunuz. Teşekkürler.

Günaydın Selen Hanım... Peru'nun güzelliklerinden biri daha... Son derece kaliteli bir şekilde ve güzel bir pozda mükemmel bir şekilde görüntülemişsiniz. Elinize emeğinize sağlık. Selamlar.

Merhaba Selen
One more interesting and colorful bird from your Peru trip :)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-06-25 1:32]

Hello Selen!

Very colorfull and exotic bird. Nice pose, good eye contact but first of all great colours. I like long feathers on bird's tail - it looks like one of birds of paradise from New Guinea. Picture like shot from BBC documentary. Great work!

Salut Selen
Quel belle photo! Cette photo est une photo parfaite dans sa composition, détails, couleurs et point de vue.
Félicitation et au revoir...JP

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-25 4:12]

Merhaba Selen Hanım,
Harika bir kuş,keşke bizim buralarda da olsa:)
Siz de mükemmel görüntülemişsiniz.Renkler,detaylar,gözdeki ışık ve kompozisyon harika olmuş.Tebrikler,ellerinize sağlık!

Hi Selen

This brings back fond memories of my trip to Costa Rica last year.
Great shot.
Excellent sharpness.
Great composition.
Good DOF and POV.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-25 6:45]

Hello Selen,
We saw the the Blue-crowned Motmot on Trinidad and I really fell in love with it!! You've managed to get a splendid view of it showing its lovely red eye and its beautiful tail. Great sharpness and lovely colours of the plumage too. Well done!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-25 7:49]

Hello Selen,
You have made a superb capture of a species that is one of my favourites. We saw this one in Trinidad about 12 years ago before I became digital.:((.
But as a compensation I'm taking this into my favourites for its POV and technical excellence.
Thanks a lot!
Best wishes, Ivan

dünyanın ta öbür ucundan güzellikleri gidip görmek büyük şans. zevkle izliyorum Selen hanım, elinize sağlık. Motmotları kitaplardan biliyordum. nefis bir güzellik. çekimi de çok güzel. elinize emeğinize sağlık.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-25 10:41]

Hello Selen,
Yes, I've got several photos of this bird made in Ecuador, but all between branches. This one is so beautiful. Perfect typical pose. Excellent colours, details and POV.
I'm jealous.

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-06-25 11:23]

Ola Selen
Linda foto deste exotico passaro suas cores são incriveis, a nitidez esta boa e aluminosidade tambem.

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-06-25 11:23]

Hola Selen, qué curiosa y bonita ave, la fotografia la veo con un encuadre acertado así como la composición, tonos de color muy bonitos y una luz muy buena la cual yo, la destacaria. Un saludo

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-25 12:13]

Hi Selen. This is a beautiful looking bird. I like the greens and blues in the feathers. You have captured fine detail and good use ofthe light. Fantastic tail it has. well done TFS.

Splendida immagine di questo bellissimo uccello, eccellenti POV e composizione verticale per questa spettacolare coda, ottima nitidezza, magnifici i colori e BG. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-25 22:41]

Hello Selen

Just marking the post for now


Very colourful, very sharp, and beautiful - these are facts about this picture dear Selen :)
I like also the note, not only with many details about species, but also with informative technical data :)
TFS and best regards from Lodz!
Friendly yours,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-26 8:35]

Very sharp capture of this beautiful Motmot!
I like how you've used flash to eliminate the shadows and to enhance the colours.
Excellent composition.
Superb DOF and BG.

Well done, Selen!


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-06-26 18:20]

Hello Selen,
What a wonderful species, the colors are truly amazing. Your well composed image has sharp focus which gives us a great views of him, thank you.

Hi Selen,
I missed out on many of your later pictures, it's unforgivable, particularely when I look at this Motmot. It's a masterpiece.
Best regards

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