This animal can grow over a foot in length! Motmots possess a serrated beak and red eyes, with a black mask that encircles their heads. The overall color of their bodies varies in individuals and ranges from olive to bright green. Their tail feathers and wings, particularly the primaries, are blue-green. It can most easily be distinguished by its two conspicuous tail-feathers that possess blue, paddle-shaped tips.
- The Blue-crowned Motmot is peculiar as it is active during twilight and will remain active longer than most other bird species in the face of encroaching darkness.
- During the rainy season, pairs will take advantage of the softened mud to excavate their own burrows in tunnels that were already dug by other animals.