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Surucua Trogon

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Male, subspecies surrucuraPhoto by JamfaracoSanta Catarina, Brazil
Male, subspecies surrucura
Photo by Jamfaraco
Santa Catarina, Brazil
Trogon surrucura


[edit] Identification

Length: 25cm

[edit] Similar Species

Southern red-bellied race superficially resembles the Blue-crowned Trogon, but no overlap in range. The northern orange-bellied race can be confused with the White-tailed Trogon.

[edit] Distribution

South America: restricted to south-eastern Brazil, eastern Paraguay and far north-eastern Argentina.

Fairly common to uncommon. Found in most reserves in the region.

[edit] Taxonomy

Male, subspecies aurantiusPhoto by paul47Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October 2011
Male, subspecies aurantius
Photo by paul47
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October 2011

[edit] Subspecies

There are two subspecies[1]:

  • T. s. aurantius: orange belly
  • Eastern Brazil (Minas Gerais to Rio de Janeiro and northern Sao Paulo)
  • T. s. surrucura: has a red belly

The two may represent separate species.

[edit] Habitat

Forest and woodland.

Female, subspecies aurantiusPhoto by LuizRio de Janeiro, Brazil
Female, subspecies aurantius
Photo by Luiz
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

[edit] Behaviour

Although a colourful bird, it can easily be overlooked because of its habit of sitting quietly for long periods. Frugivorous.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at
  2. Separating the Surucua (ssp. aurantius) from the White-tailed Trogon

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