Significance to humans

Indigenous tribes may use motmot tail feathers or wings in ornamentation. Folklore of the Brazilian Pareci Tribe of Mato Grosso attributes gaps without barbs along the tail of the rufous motmot to carrying fire embers. Motmots were well known in the Mayan culture.

1. Blue-crowned motmot (Momotus momota); 2. Blue-throated motmot (Aspatha gularis); 3. Broad-billed motmot (Electron platyrhynchum); 4. Keel-billed motmot (Electron carinatum). (Illustration by Jacqueline Mahannah)

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