La Selva: Turquoise-Browed Motmot


Collage and acrylic, 12”x12”. Another piece inspired by my February, 2020 birding trip to Costa Rica. (Doesn't she ever do pictures of other birds? Yes, of course, but Motmots are some of my favorites!) I wanted to capture the feel of the dense tropical rainforest where plants grow everywhere. Many plants have adapted to climb or spiral vertically because there isn’t enough land, so up they go!


Costa Rica has incredible bio-diversity. From animals to plants, Costa Rica's rainforests are one of the most amazing places on the planet. Costa Rica has as many plant species as the whole of Europe, 300,000 insect species and 903 bird species!


In Costa Rica the Turquoise-Browed Motmot is known as momoto cejiceleste or the far-less flattering pájaro bobo ("foolish bird"), owing to its tendency to allow humans to come very near it without flying away.


The Turquoise-Browed Motmot inhabits Central America from south-east Mexico (mostly the Yucatán Peninsula), to Costa Rica, where it is common and not considered threatened. This Motmot was first declared as the official national bird of El Salvador in 1999, where the bird is known as Torogoz.


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