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Black-throated Trogon - BirdForum Opus

Male, subspecies chrysochloros
Photo by Lcverissimo
Londrina, Paraná, Brazil, April 2014
Trogon rufus


Female, subspeceis tenellus
Photo by rdavis
Carara National Park, Costa Rica, December 2015

23–25 cm (9-9¾ in)

  • Green head, upper breast and back
  • Black throat and face
  • Yellow bill
  • Pale blue eye-ring
  • Yellow belly
  • White undertail, barred black
  • Black and white wing coverts


  • Brown head, upper breast and back
  • Rufous upper tail
  • Yellow belly
  • Mostly yellow bill
  • Pale eye-ring wider behind and in front of the eye


It is possible to find males of this species with yellow eye-ring


Central and South America
Central America: Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama
South America: Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Argentina



Male, Subspecies tenellus
Photo by Stanley Jones
Bosque del Río Tigre Lodge, Osa Peninsula, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica, February 2015

There are 6 subspecies[1]:

  • T. r. tenellus:
  • T. r. cupreicauda:
  • T. r. rufus:
  • T. r. sulphureus:
  • T. r. amazonicus:
  • T. r. chrysochloros:


Lowland humid neotropical forest, Atlantic slope forest and neotropical mature wet lowlands.



Their diet consists of arthropods and fruit, though they may eat less fruit than other similar trogons.


The nest is an unlined shallow cavity, and 2 white eggs are laid.


Call: krrrrrr
Song: cuh cuh cuh cuh


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Jan 2018)
  5. Birdforum thread with report of yellow eye-ring in Black-throated Trogon

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