This is a blue motmot in Monteverde. Blue motmots are native to Costa Rica. They are about 45 cm (18 in.) long. They have what is called a bare shafted racket tip at the end of their tail, as there is a short portion without feathers, then a round feathered part at the very end, making a shape similar to a tennis racket.
They make a hoot sound and eat insects and small lizards. As you might guess from the shape of their head and their posture, they are a relative of the kingfisher. I will post photos of kingfishers in the future.
As I trust you will agree from this photo, blue motmots are beautiful. I would like to tell you that we ventured deep into the cloud forest to get this picture or that we took this photo from the canopy walkways that I showed in my posts a week or so ago. But I must confess that this picture was taken from the convenience of our hotel room at the Monteverde Lodge.