I asked my boyfriend and mother-in-law if they knew the name of this bird, but neither of them had seen it before. I started researching online it to try to figure it out, even though I had no real idea of how to search for the name of a bird that I knew nothing about.
Finally, through creative search phrasing, Google led me to the name and pictures of my mystery bird. It is known as the Turquoise-browed Motmot. Below are two pictures of this lovely bird.
|Turquoise-browed Motmot from the front (photographed by Leonardo C. Fleck)|
|Turquoise-browed Motmot from the back (Google Images)|
Although some people think the bird plucks the feathers from its tail on purpose, the truth is that the tail feathers are very loosely attached and just fall off from mere exposure to the elements and routine preening. Males use their beautiful long tails as a sexual signal to females, and the longer their tails, the more reproductive success they will have. Both males and females will wag their tails like a pendulum in order to alert a would-be predator to the fact that they know they are being watched and to let the predator know that an attack would be futile.