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Adult male, subspecies T. m. eumorphus
Photo © by Xyko Paludo
Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil, 28 December 2017
Trogon melanurus



  • Yellow bill
  • Orange-red eye-ring around dark eye
  • Thin white chest band between dark green breast and red belly
  • Slaty grey undertail


  • Grey above and below
  • Red lower belly
  • Virtually no eye-ring
  • Grey on upper mandible (nominate subspecies only)


Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Venezuela, The Guianas. Ecuadorian Trogon is isolated west of the Andes in western Ecuador and north-western Peru.


In 2008, the South American Classification Committee voted to split Ecuadorian Trogon from this species: Citation


Adult female, subspecies T. m. eumorphus
Photo © by sungrebe
Sani Lodge canopy tower, Ecuador, 28 August 2013
  • T. m. macroura (Large-tailed):

Melanurus Group

  • T. m. melanurus:
  • T. m. eumorphus:
  • T. m. occidentalis:
  • South-eastern Brazil (São Paulo region)


Canopy and sub-canopy of humid forest and forest edges.


The diet includes fruits.


  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 for splitting Black-tailed Trogon
  3. Arthur Grosset
  4. Black-tailed Trogon (Trogon melanurus), 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/blttro1
  5. Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Black-tailed Trogon (Trogon melanurus). 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/55710 on 12 August 2019).
  6. Schulenberg, T. S. & Stotz, D. F. & Lane, D. F. & O'Neill, J. P. & Parker III, T. A. & Egg, A. B. (2010). Birds of Peru: Revised and Updated Edition. Princeton: Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0691130231

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