|White-tailed Trogon Trogon
(aka Amazonian White-tailed Trogon, Green-backed Trogon)
Brazilian name: Surucuá-grande-de-barriga-amarela
The White-tailed Trogon is found in the Amazon and Orinoco basins. ( Ridgely & Greenfield treat the subspecies T.v. chionurus found from Panama and the Pacific coast of Colombia and Ecuador as a separate species which they call Western White-tailed Trogon. This is on the basis of plumage differences, especially all white undertails, and different voices.) There is a disjunct population in eastern Brazil.
It inhabits a variety of forest and woodland habitats where it feeds on fruits, berries and insects.
They usually excavate a nest hole out of a termite nest in a tree.
|Trogon species can be very similar but the
main features to remember for the male White-tailed Trogon are its almost
white tail, its yellow belly and its violet breast and hood with no white
line between belly and breast. Also look for the colour of the eye-ring
which is light blue. Its back is green and the wings are black with thin
The female, seen here in photos 3, 4 and 5, is grey rather than green and violet and has more black on the tail but still has the yellow belly and the pale blue eye-ring.
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