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(Redirected from Northern Violaceous Trogon)
MalePhoto © by 4Niles
Gamboa, Panama, April 2011
Trogon caligatus


Length 23cm (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).

Photo © by Raul Padilla
Hidalgo, Mexico, March 2014


Lowlands of Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru (west of the Andes) and Venezuela.



Three subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • T.c. sallaei
  • T.c. concinnus
  • T.c. caligatus

This species was formerly included in Violaceous Trogon.


Moist tropical forests.


Photo © by njlarsen
Punta Laguna, QRoo, Mexico, September 2015

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. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. 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

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