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Collared Trogon - BirdForum Opus

Subspecies exoptatus, Male on left, female on right
Photos © by Steve G
(Male) Bloody Bay, Roxborough Road, Tobago, 1 August 2006; (female) Main Ridge Reserve, Tobago, 30 July 2006
Trogon collaris

Includes Orange-bellied Trogon



  • Green back, head and breast
  • White line separates breast from red underparts
  • Black-barred white undertail
  • Black wings with white vermiculations
Female, subspecies puella
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Bajos del Toro, Costa Rica, March 2008


  • Brown back, head and breast
  • Paler red underparts


Subspecies aurantiiventris, Orange-bellied Trogon
Photo by Cedric K
El Cope National Park, Panama in March 2005

Orange-bellied Trogon


Central and South America
Central America: Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago
South America: Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil



There are 10 subspecies[1]:

  • T. c. puella: Tropical and subtropical central Mexico to western Panama
  • T. c. underwoodi: Humid montane forests of nw Costa Rica
  • T. c. aurantiiventris: highlands of central and southern Costa Rica to western Panama
  • T. c. extimus: Subtropical eastern Panama
  • T. c. heothinus: Eastern Panama (Darién)
  • T. c. virginalis: Western Colombia to western Ecuador (El Oro)
  • T. c. subtropicalis: Central Colombia
  • T. c. exoptatus: Northern Colombia, northern Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago
  • T. c. collaris: Eastern Colombia to Bolivia, Venezuela and the Guianas
  • T. c. castaneus: central South America south of the Amazon, from Peru and Bolivia east to Pará; and eastern Brazil from Bahia to Rio de Janeiro

The subspecies underwoodi and aurantiiventris were until recently considered a separate species: Orange-bellied Trogon (Trogon aurantiiventris)


Edge of humid forest and in woodland. In both primary and secondary growth.



It nests in a hole in a termite nest or tree. The clutch consists of 2 white eggs.


The diet includes insects and fruit.


Call: caow, caow, caow.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. BirdForum Member observations
  4. Collar, N. (2019). Collared Trogon (Trogon collaris). 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/55704 on 30 July 2019).
  5. Inman, S. (2013). Collared Trogon (Trogon collaris), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.coltro1.01

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