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Black-headed Trogon

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Revision as of 17:32, 21 January 2012 by GaryClark-54011 (Talk | contribs)
Photo by Gary ClarkLocation: Cobå, Querétaro, Mexico
Photo by Gary Clark
Location: Cobå, Querétaro, Mexico
Trogon melanocephalus



Black head, upperparts and chest. Yellow underparts. Black and white barred tail. The black eye with bluish-white eyering is diagnostic. Grey bill, legs and feet.


Central America: found in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica



There are 2 subspecies:

  • T. m. melanocephalus:
  • T. m. illaetabilis:


Rainforests and dry tropical woodland; fields with scattered trees.


A calm, confiding bird that often allows close approach. Will remain perched almost motionless on a limb at mid-level in the forest for many minutes at a time, slowly looking around. When food is found, it flies very quickly to capture it and return to a perch.


The diet includes caterpillars.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibase
  3. BF Member observations

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