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Slaty-tailed Trogon - BirdForum Opus

Photo by blubird
Costa Rica, January 2007
Trogon massena

Includes Chapman's Trogon


Female, subspecies hoffmenni
Photo by Stanley Jones
Lago Bayano, Chepo, Panamá Province, Panama, February 2018

33–35 cm (13-13¾ in)


  • Green back, head and breast
  • Red belly
  • Orange bill


  • Dark grey back, head and breast
  • Red belly
  • Bill black and orange

When seen directly from below, the tail can look silvery, where it really is dark slaty grey.

Similar Species

The orange-red bill is important in separating this species from Black-tailed Trogon.


Central and South America
Central America: Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama
South America: Colombia and Ecuador


Three subspecies:

  • T. m. massena:
  • T. m. hoffmanni:
  • T. m. australis Chapman's Trogon:


Low to mid-level mature wet forest, secondary forest and forest edges.



The diet includes insects and fruit.


The nest is excavated by both adults between 3-15 m in the trunk of a decayed tree or a termite mound. The clutch of 3 white or bluish-white eggs is laid in a chamber accessed by a tunnel.


  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. BF Member observations

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