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White-tailed Trogon

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Male left, female rightPhoto © by Steve GTrinidad
Male left, female right
Photo © by Steve G

Alternative name: Western White-tailed Trogon

Trogon chionurus


[edit] Identification

MalePhoto © by Stanley JonesEl Sato Road, Río Chucunaque, Panama, February 2018
Photo © by Stanley Jones
El Sato Road, Río Chucunaque, Panama, February 2018

28–29 cm (11-11½ in)

  • Bluish-black head and breast
  • Bright yellow belly to undertail-coverts
  • Bluish-white eyering

[edit] Similar Species

A large trogon that easily can be confused with the Gartered Trogon and the Surucua Trogon.
The complete bluish-white eye-ring and lack of barring to the undertail are often useful features for distinguishing the White-tailed.

[edit] Distribution

Central and South America: found from the lowlands of eastern Panama to western Colombia and western Ecuador.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species.
It was formerly considered Dictionary_A-C#Cconspecific with Green-backed Trogon.

[edit] Habitat

Humid forest, forest edges and mature second growth.

[edit] Behaviour

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

[edit] Diet

There is very little information. They are thought to be frugivorous and also known to eat some insects such as ants.

[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 White-tailed Trogon
  3. BF Member observations
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2018)
  5. Separating the White-tailed from the Surucua Trogon (ssp. aurantius)

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