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In order to see birds it is necessary to become part of the silence

A quotation by Robert Lynd


Elegant Trogon

The Elegant Trogon, Trogon elegans (formerly the “Coppery-tailed” Trogon), is a near passerine bird in the trogon family.

It is a resident of the lower levels of semi-arid open woodlands and forests. It nests 2-6 m high in an unlined shallow cavity, usually selecting an old woodpecker hole, with a typical clutch of 2-3 eggs.

Identification Tips:
• Length: 10 inches
• Short, yellow bill
• Black mask and pale eye ring
• Dark green breast, head and upperparts
• White breast band
• Red belly and undertail coverts
• Long tail, barred underneath and squared at tip
• Female duller than male with less red underneath
• United States range restricted to southeastern Arizona

Similar species:
Elegant Trogon

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The Elegant Trogon is similar to the rarer Eared Trogon but has a white breast band and a barred undersurface to the tail. Eared Trogon lacks the breast band and has a mostly white under surface to the tail.

The Elegant Trogon breeds from south easternmost Arizona in the United States to northwestern Costa Rica. It occasionally is found as a vagrant in south easternmost and western Texas.

Elegant Trogons feed on insects and fruit, often taken in flight. Their broad bills and weak legs reflect their diet and arboreal habits. Although their flight is fast, they are reluctant to fly any distance.



In order to see birds it is necessary to become part of the silence.

A Robert Lynd quotation


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