Birds of Colombia

    TROGONIFORMES: Trogonidae (Trogons)  
Genus: Trogon (11 species, 20 worldwide)

Trogons are slender colorful birds that inhabit tropical forests worldwide. Sizes rance from 23 to 33 cm.. American Trogons comsume both fruits and insects, and consume both by taking the food item in flight. Nests are made in holes in wooting wood, termite or wasp nests.


Gartered Trogon
Gartered Trogon (Trogon caligatus) Male
ProAves Blue-billed Curassow Reserve, Puerto Pinzon, Boyaca, Colombia
  Note yellow eye-ring on male.
   

Gartered Trogon
Gartered Trogon (Trogon caligatus concinnus) Female
ProAves Blue-billed Curassow Reserve, Puerto Pinzon, Boyaca, Colombia
  Note broken eye-ring on female.
   

A small trogon.

White-tailed Trogon
White-tailed Trogon (Trogon chionurus) Male
Bahia Solano, Choco, Colombia  
   

White-tailed Trogon
White-tailed Trogon (Trogon chionurus) Female
ProAves Blue-billed Curassow Reserve, Puerto Pinzon, Boyaca, Colombia  
   

Collared Trogon
Collared Trogon (Trogon collaris) Male
Otún Quimbaya Wildlife Sanctuary, Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia
  Note tail pattern vs. Masked Trogon and lower altitude (generally below 1800m).
   

Collared Trogon
Collared Trogon (Trogon collaris) Female
Minga Ecolodge, Cali, Colombia  
   

Similar to high altitude Masked Trogon, with some range overlap around 1800-2000m. Note female has two colored bill compared to higher altitude Masked Trogon.

Choco Trogon
Choco Trogon (Trogon comptus) Male
Farallones National Park, Colombia
  Note white eye.
   

Choco Trogon
Choco Trogon (Trogon comptus) Female
Farallones National Park, Colombia  
   

Also called Blue-tailed Trogon.

Blue-crowned Trogon
Blue-crowned Trogon (Trogon curucui behni) Male
Botanical Gardens, Santa Cruz, Bolivia  
   

Blue-crowned Trogon
Blue-crowned Trogon (Trogon curucui) Female
Botanical Gardens, Santa Cruz, Bolivia  
   

Slaty-tailed Trogon
Slaty-tailed Trogon (Trogon massena) Male
Darien, Panama  
   

Slaty-tailed Trogon
Slaty-tailed Trogon (Trogon massena hoffmanni) Female
Soberania National Park, Panama
  Female is overall greyish, but has a red belly like the male.
   

Black-tailed Trogon
Black-tailed Trogon (Trogon melanurus) Male
Puerto Nariño, Amazonas, Colombia
  The back is reflective dark blue.
   

Black-tailed Trogon
Black-tailed Trogon (Trogon melanurus) Female
Capurgana, Choco, Colombia  
   

A large trogon generally seen higher in the canopy than other trogon species.

Masked Trogon
Masked Trogon (Trogon personatus temperatus) Male
San Isidro Lodge, Ecuador  
   

Masked Trogon
Masked Trogon (Trogon personatus temperatus) Female
Tandayapa Lodge, Ecuador  
   

Amazonian Trogon
Amazonian Trogon (Trogon ramonianus) Male
Reserva Natural Escondite, Putumayo, Colombia  
   

Amazonian Trogon
Amazonian Trogon (Trogon ramonianus ramonianus) Female
Reserva Natural Escondite, Putumayo, Colombia
  Note broken eye-ring.
   

A smaller trogon, and closely related to the Gartered Trogon. Note, like Gartered, the male has yellow eye-ring, and female has eye-ring broken at the top and/or bottom.

Black-throated Trogon
Black-throated Trogon (Trogon rufus) Male
Tirimbina, Costa Rica  
   

Black-throated Trogon
Black-throated Trogon (Trogon rufus tenellus) Female
Rio Claro Canyon Reserve, Colombia
  Female Colombian Black-throated Trogons may have a yellow eye-ring. Otherwise it is light blue.
   

Green-backed Trogon
Green-backed Trogon (Trogon viridis) Male
 
   

Green-backed Trogon
Green-backed Trogon (Trogon viridis) Female
Puerto Nariño, Amazonas, Colombia  
   

Generally the most common trogon in its range.


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