A tree-dwelling tropical American bird with colorful plumage, typically having two long racketlike tail feathers.
- Family Momotidae: several genera and species, in particular the widespread blue-crowned motmot (Momotus momota)
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- Like motmots and todies, kingfishers often have brilliant plumage, are largely insectivorous, and nest in cavities that are often excavated in earthen banks.
- You didn't think that toucans and motmots were just going to fly over your New Jersey home, did you?
- On the premises were ten species of hummingbirds, slaty-tailed trogons, rufous and broad-billed motmots, collared aricaris.
mid 19th century: from Latin American Spanish, of imitative origin.