The motmots son una familia exclusivamente Neotropical, they are in a family of birds in the near passerine order Coraciiformes, which also includes the kingfishers, bee-eaters and rollers. All extant motmots are restricted to woodland or forests in the Neotropics, and the largest are in Middle America. They have a colourful plumage and a
relatively heavy bill. All except the tody motmot have relatively long tails that in some species have a distinctive racket-like tip.
Motmots eat small prey such as insects and lizards, and will also take fruit. In Costa Rica, motmots have been observed feeding on poison dart frogs. Motmots gained their orinigal Mexican name and current English name from their double-noted hooting calls.