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Gartered Trogon

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MalePhoto © by 4NilesGamboa, Panama, April 2011
MalePhoto © by 4Niles
Gamboa, Panama, April 2011
Trogon caligatus


[edit] Identification

Length 23cm (9 in)
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).

FemalePhoto © by Raul PadillaHidalgo, Mexico, March 2014
Photo © by Raul Padilla
Hidalgo, Mexico, March 2014

[edit] Distribution

Lowlands of Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru (west of the Andes) and Venezuela.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

Three subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • T.c. sallaei
  • T.c. concinnus
  • T.c. caligatus

This species was formerly included in Violaceous Trogon.

[edit] Habitat

Moist tropical forests.

[edit] Behaviour

FemalePhoto © by njlarsenPunta Laguna, QRoo, Mexico, September 2015
Photo © by njlarsen
Punta Laguna, QRoo, Mexico, September 2015

Sits very upright on horizontal branches.

[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, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from
  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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