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Black-headed Trogon

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Photo by mo miller Belize, Central America, September 2006
Photo by mo miller
Belize, Central America, September 2006
Trogon melanocephalus


[edit] Identification

  • Black head, upperparts and chest
  • Yellow underparts
  • Black and white barred tail
  • Black eye with bluish-white eye ring is diagnostic
  • Grey bill, legs and feet

[edit] Distribution

Central America: found in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • T. m. melanocephalus:
  • T. m. illaetabilis:

[edit] Habitat

FemalePhoto by Stanley JonesPlaya Hermosa, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, November 2011
Photo by Stanley Jones
Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, November 2011

Rainforests and dry tropical woodland; fields with scattered trees.

[edit] Behaviour

A calm, confiding bird that often allows close approach. Will remain perched almost motionless on a limb at mid-level in the forest for many minutes at a time, slowly looking around. When food is found, it flies very quickly to capture it and return to a perch.

[edit] Diet

The diet includes caterpillars.

[edit] Vocalizations

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Recording by NJLarsen, Vigia Chico Rd, Quintana Roo, Mexico 06 May 2012. Bird is subspecies melanocephalus. The sound is a duet by two (or more?) birds. Chirps from other species are also heard.

[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. Avibase
  3. BF Member observations

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