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Blue-crowned Motmot

Blue-crowned Motmot
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Copyright: Everton De Melo (demeve) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel XTI (400D), Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -5- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-10-17 21:00
Viewed: 4608
Points: 20
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Blue-crowned Motmot (Momotus momota)

Here is another beauty from Brazil, one thing that I have noticed is how tame the wild birds are, away from any civilization you can get almost an arm's length of a bird like this Motmot.


Like most of the Coraciiformes, motmots nest in tunnels in banks, laying about three or four white eggs.

The Blue-crowned Motmot is 38-48 cm long, depending on race. Nominate M. m. momota weighs about 145 g. 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.

In all except the entirely blue-crowned subspecies coeruliceps, the central crown is black and surrounded by a blue band. There is a black eyemask, and the nape of momota is chestnut. The call is a low owl-like ooo-doot, although there are variations depending on the subspecies involved.

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Olá Everton, magnifica captura, o pássaro é maravilhoso e você conseguiu obter uma foto maravilhosa. As cores e a nitidez estão perfeitas. Parabéns.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-10-17 21:50]

Olá Everton,
Nice to see you back!
A fine capture of an old friend that I have seen many times on Trinidad but before digital photography!
An excellent shot in natural surroundings showing the Blue-crowned Motmot from a great lateral POV with fine sharpness and colours.
Thanks and all the best,

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-10-18 1:17]

Hi Everton,

A beautiful macro. What interesting colors! It sees you back in TN, congratulations.
Have a quiet Sunday,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-10-18 1:27]

Hello Everton,
I was walking behind this bird, in Brazil, but it was hiding itself between leaves. So I got a few photos of this beauty, but not good enough to present it here. This one is very good in beautiful colours and good sharpness. Nice pose and composition.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-10-18 9:51]

Hello Everton,
The Blue-crowned Motmot is a favourite bird of mine after seeing it on Trinidad where it was quite shy. A fine capture showing its profile and beautifully coloured plumage.
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-10-19 4:02]

Hi Everton.
Very impressive and pictorial picture. I like wonderful leaf pattern, pleasant green colour palette and nicely detailed main hero of the shot. Despite the difficult light condition shot is exposed very well. Composition of the image is pot on. TFS and best regards.

Hello Everton
it's my dream to get so close of bird's for taken so good shots like this one,
this Blue-crowned Motmot is very beautiful with wonderful colors
great lighting, sharpness and composition
Have a good night

hello and welcome back Everton

for the last 2 weeks i was also absent,

an excellent photo of this bird that i think is the first time i see one,
fine POV and appropriate framing, fine focus excellent sharpness
and details, it is the expression on the bird's eye that i love most,



Hello Everton
This is really a special and handsome looking bird. You have captured it in a most pleasant pose, displaying all its lovely features. The details of the plumage is greatly displayed, especially the black and white around the eye area. Thanks for sharing, this very admirable bird.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-02-16 18:00]

Hello Everton,
What a beautiful species you bring to us in this superb image. The colors and details are great, thank you Everton.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-02-20 17:50]

Hello Everton,
very exciting pose and lively colours especially the head. The position of the bird is so special with the branch of the yam so graphical.
Well presented in great sharpness and good details.


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