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Guianan Trogon

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Male Photos by Steve G.Asa Wright Nature Centre, Arima Valley, Northern Trinidad, May 2006
Photos by Steve G.
Asa Wright Nature Centre, Arima Valley, Northern Trinidad, May 2006
Trogon violaceus


[edit] Identification

Female Photo by DABS.Chaguaramas, Trinidad, March 2018
Photo by DABS.
Chaguaramas, Trinidad, March 2018

23–25 cm (9-9¾ in)

  • Blue head and upper breast
  • Green back, becoming bluer on the rump
  • White line separating breast from 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] Similar Species

Female Violaceous Trogons resemble the larger female White-tailed Trogon but have a broken dirty yellow-white eyering rather than the complete bluish-white eyering of W-T Trogon.

[edit] Distribution

South America: found in Trinidad, most of Venezuela, The Guianas, and adjacent Brazil

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species.

This species was formerly included in Violaceous Trogon.

[edit] Habitat

Moist tropical primary evergreen forests.

[edit] Behaviour

Sits very upright on horizontal branches.

[edit] Breeding

They nest in a wasp, ant or termite nest or utilise a hole in a rotten tree. The clutch consists of 2-3 white eggs.

[edit] Diet

The diet consists of fruit and invertebrates.

[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. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. SACC proposal to split Gartered from Violaceous Trogon read August 2009
  3. Birdforum thread discussing the splits of Violaceous Trogon
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2016)
  5. BF Member observations

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