The national bird of Nicaragua is the Turquoise-browed Motmot. Nicaraguans, however, call it Guardabarranco, which translates to “ravine-guard.” Whatever its common name Eumomota superciliosa is an inspired choice as a national bird as it is found across most of Nicaragua, even in the capital, Managua, and it is beautiful and interesting, with its multiple hues and racquet-tipped tail. The Guardabarranco is described by Salvador Cardenal, one-half of a leading Nicaraguan musical duo named after the national bird, as “like a trogon, a beautiful bird of the rain forest. You can’t put it in a cage or it will die.”
As the national bird the Turquoise-browed Motmot is even on Nicaraguan currency, with its visage appearing on the 200-córdoba note. Now that is cash that a birder would not want to spend!
Nicaragua is not the only country to have the Turquoise-browed Motmot as its national bird. El Salvador also so honors Eumomota superciliosa but there the bird goes by the moniker Torogoz.
As far as national birds go a country can do far worse than a motmot, especially one as aesthetically pleasing as the Guardabarranco.
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WOW!!!! We can think of no reason why you would NOT choose this as your National Bird!
Motmots are totally cool group of birds! You didn’t mention why the Nicaraguan’s call it Guardabarranco though? I would assume that it’s because they nest in holes in the earth of steep slopes, like in a ravine.
Great choice for a national bird and one of the easiest motmots to see.
@YourBirdOasis: That would make sense…
@Pat: It is a good pick, isn’t it?
Beautiful picture and bird. I also like that 200-córdoba note, if every country had a note like that then I would cenrtantly collect them all! Nice post Corey!
@Renato: Thanks! And that money is pretty darn cool, isn’t it?
The bill shows the Blue-crowned (now the Lesson’s Motmot), which can also be seen around Managua, but less commonly.
to be honest im just here for my spanish project.im in 5th grade