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Green-backed Trogon

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Trogon viridis

Includes Amazonian White-tailed Trogon

Male left, female right. Nominate subspeciesPhoto by Steve GTrinidad, May 2006
Male left, female right. Nominate subspecies
Photo by Steve G
Trinidad, May 2006


[edit] Identification

25–28 cm; a large trogon

  • Bluish-black head and breast
  • Yellow under parts
  • Pale blue orbital ring
  • Blue bill

[edit] Similar Species

Adult male, showing back colourPhoto by nigel lallsinghPoint gorge Chaguaramas, Trinidad, July 2009
Adult male, showing back colour
Photo by nigel lallsingh
Point gorge Chaguaramas, Trinidad, July 2009

They can easily can be confused with the Amazonian Trogon and the Surucua Trogon. The complete bluish-white eye-ring and lack of barring to the undertail are often useful features for this species.

[edit] Distribution

Found throughout humid forested areas of tropical South America, incl. Amazon and Atlantic forest.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

Two subspecies recognized:

  • T. v. viridis from Colombia east of the Andes to northern Bolivia and Brazil, also on Trinidad
  • T. v. melanopterus in tropical southeast Brazil (Bahia to São Paulo)

Has been considered conspecific with White-tailed Trogon in the past.

[edit] Habitat

Male, subspecies melanopterusPhoto by jocatemeItanhaém, São Paulo state, Brazil, July 2008
Male, subspecies melanopterus
Photo by jocateme
Itanhaém, São Paulo state, Brazil, July 2008

Humid forest and woodland.

[edit] Behaviour

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

[edit] Diet

Frugivorous, which includes fruit and berries. They will also eat beetles and grasshoppers etc.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2014)
  3. SACC proposal to split White-tailed Trogon

Separating the White-tailed from the Surucua Trogon (ssp. aurantius)

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