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Photo © by Joseph Morlan.
Rio Marañon, Nauta Creek, Nauta, Loreto, Peru, 14 June 2019
Trogon ramonianus


22½-23 cm (8¼-9 in.)
Male: Blue head and upper breast, green back, becoming bluer on the rump, a white line separates the breast from the golden yellow underparts, but this is sometimes hard to detect (may to some extent depend on subspecies). Yellow circular eye-ring. White undertail with black barring, black wings vermiculated with white.
Female: Dark grey back, head and breast. White oval-shaped eye-ring may only consist of front and back (brackets).


Found in the Amazon of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil. Also in southern Venezuela.


This species was formerly included in Violaceous Trogon.


Photo © by Joseph Morlan.
Rio Marañon, Nauta Creek, Nauta, Loreto, Peru, 14 June 2019

Two subspecies are recognized[1].

  • T. r. ramonianus
    • Amazonian areas of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil; also penetrates Southern Venezuela (upper River Orinoco)
  • T. r. crissalis
    • North-eastern Brazil on southern bank of lower River Amazon and tributaries (east of River Tapajós)


Moist tropical forests.


Sits very upright on horizontal branches.


It nests in a wasp, ant or termite nest or a hole in a rotten tree; 2-3 white eggs are laid.


The diet includes insects and small fruit.


Song is described in variable ways from different geographic regions.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. SACC proposal to split Gartered from Violaceous Trogon read August 2009
  3. Birdforum thread discussing the splits of Violaceous Trogon
  4. Amazonian Trogon (Trogon ramonianus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/viotro3
  5. Collar, N. (2019). Violaceous Trogon (Trogon violaceus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/55701 on 5 August 2019).
  6. Zimmer, K. J. (2010). Recognize Trogon [v.] ramonianus and T. [v.] crissalis as constituting a single species distinct from Trogon violaceus.. South American Classification Committee. http://www.museum.lsu.edu/~Remsen/SACCprop430.htm. Accessed 5 August 2019.

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