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Black-tailed Trogon

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Adult male, subspecies T. m. eumorphusPhoto © by Xyko PaludoRio Branco, Acre, Brazil, 28 December 2017
Adult male, subspecies T. m. eumorphus
Photo © by Xyko Paludo
Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil, 28 December 2017
Trogon melanurus


[edit] Identification


  • Yellow bill
  • Orange-red eye-ring around dark eye
  • Thin white chest band between dark green breast and red belly
  • Slaty grey undertail


  • Grey above and below
  • Red lower belly
  • Virtually no eye-ring
  • Grey on upper mandible (nominate subspecies only)

[edit] Distribution

Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Venezuela, The Guianas. Ecuadorian Trogon is isolated west of the Andes in western Ecuador and north-western Peru.

[edit] Taxonomy

In 2008, the South American Classification Committee voted to split Ecuadorian Trogon from this species: Citation

[edit] Subspecies[1]

Adult female, subspecies T. m. eumorphusPhoto © by sungrebeSani Lodge canopy tower, Ecuador, 28 August 2013
Adult female, subspecies T. m. eumorphus
Photo © by sungrebe
Sani Lodge canopy tower, Ecuador, 28 August 2013
  • T. m. macroura (Large-tailed):

Melanurus Group

  • T. m. melanurus:
  • T. m. eumorphus:
  • T. m. occidentalis:
  • South-eastern Brazil (São Paulo region)

[edit] Habitat

Canopy and sub-canopy of humid forest and forest edges.

[edit] Behaviour

The diet includes fruits.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. SACC proposal for splitting Black-tailed Trogon
  3. Arthur Grosset
  4. Black-tailed Trogon (Trogon melanurus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:
  5. Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Black-tailed Trogon (Trogon melanurus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 12 August 2019).
  6. Schulenberg, T. S. & Stotz, D. F. & Lane, D. F. & O'Neill, J. P. & Parker III, T. A. & Egg, A. B. (2010). Birds of Peru: Revised and Updated Edition. Princeton: Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0691130231

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