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Amazonian Trogon

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Male Photo by rdavis. ExplorNapo Lodge, ne Peru, 11 April 2010
Photo by rdavis.
ExplorNapo Lodge, ne Peru, 11 April 2010
Trogon ramonianus


[edit] Identification

Length 23cm. Sits very upright on horizontal branches.
Male: Blue head and upper breast, green back, becoming bluer on the rump, a white line separates the breast from the golden yellow underparts, but this is sometimes hard to detect (may to some extent depend on subspecies). Yellow circular eye-ring. White undertail with black barring, black wings vermiculated with white.
Female: Dark grey back, head and breast. White oval-shaped eye-ring may only consist of front and back (brackets).

[edit] Distribution

Found in the Amazon of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil. Also in southern Venezuela.

[edit] Taxonomy

Two subspecies are recognized.

  • ramonianus
    • Amazonian areas of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil; also penetrates Southern Venezuela (upper River Orinoco)
  • crissalis
    • North-eastern Brazil on southern bank of lower River Amazon and tributaries (east of River Tapajós)

This species was formerly included in Violaceous Trogon.

[edit] Habitat

Moist tropical forests.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

It nests in a wasp, ant or termite nest or a hole in a rotten tree; 2-3 white eggs are laid.

[edit] Diet

The diet includes insects and small fruit.

[edit] Vocalisation

Song is described in variable ways from different geographic regions.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, James F. 2007. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2007. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. ISBN 9780801445019
  2. SACC proposal to split Gartered from Violaceous Trogon read August 2009
  3. Birdforum thread discussing the splits of Violaceous Trogon

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