Blue-Crowned Motmots on Tobago

blue-crowned motmot at night

My first encounter with the Blue-Crowned Motmot happened at the same time and in the same place as my first sight of the Rufous Tailed Jacamar, one evening at the top of the Tobago Forest Reserve.

As you can see, it's a seriously beautiful bird, every bit a match for the jacamar!

Not only that, but it's just as approachable as the jacamars.

Blue-Crowned Motmot at night
Blue-Crowned Motmot perched on a dead banana plant

It's even more beautiful in the daytime!

Perhaps the most striking feature is its tail, with two oval "racquets" at the end.

Blue-Crowned Motmot from head-on

The Motmot sometimes twitches its tail from side to side, but what this signifies I wouldn't know!

This pair of motmots flies free at the Grafton Caledonia Wildlife Sanctuary.   Like the other inhabitants, these ones turn up at the Copra House for the 4 o'clock feeding.   But look closely, and you'll see that the bird on the left has found something much more exciting to feast on - a fat, juicy spider!   No wonder the one on the right is looking away in disgust!

two motmots, one with a spider
closeup of two motmots together on a branch