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Elegant Trogon Trogon elegans


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Elegant Trogon
credit: Dominic Sherony/CCSA

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Family: Trogonidae, Trogons view all from this family

Description ADULT MALE Has a glossy green head, chest, and back. Wings are mainly blue-gray with white margins to flight feathers. White band separates chest from bright red underparts, including undertail coverts. From above, tail is coppery green, with a dark tip; from below it is gray with a black terminal band and otherwise pale feather tips. ADULT FEMALE Has green elements of male's plumage replaced by graybrown on head, chest, and upper back, and warmer brown on lower back and tail. Note striking white mark behind the eye. Diffuse white band borders chest and grades into buff belly; undertail coverts are red. JUVENILE Similar to adult female, but with bold pale spots on wings; undertail coverts are buffy.

Dimensions Length: 11-12" (28-30 cm)

Habitat Fairly common within limited range in U.S. Restricted to streamside woodland where sycamores are common.

Observation Tips Reasonably easy to see, with patience, at Madera Canyon, Arizona.

Range Southwest

Voice Call and song comprise various croaking crrr notes.

Discussion A stunning tropical species that provides birders visiting southern Arizona with a taste of the exotic. Appearance is so distinctive that it is almost unmistakable. However, it can be surprisingly hard to spot when sitting motionless in dappled foliage. Adopts an upright posture with tail hanging straight down when perched. Note proportionately large, rounded head and stout, curved yellow bill. Food, which is typically taken on the wing, includes flying insects and fruit plucked from branches. Nests in tree holes, typically those excavated by woodpeckers. Sexes are dissimilar.