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Surucua Trogon - BirdForum Opus

Male, subspecies surrucura
Photo by Jamfaraco
Santa Catarina, Brazil
Trogon surrucura


Length: 25cm

Similar Species

Southern red-bellied race superficially resembles the Blue-crowned Trogon, but no overlap in range. The northern orange-bellied race can be confused with the White-tailed Trogon.


South America: restricted to south-eastern Brazil, eastern Paraguay and far north-eastern Argentina.

Fairly common to uncommon. Found in most reserves in the region.


Male, subspecies aurantius
Photo by paul47
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October 2011


There are two subspecies[1]:

  • T. s. aurantius: orange belly
  • Eastern Brazil (Minas Gerais to Rio de Janeiro and northern Sao Paulo)
  • T. s. surrucura: has a red belly

The two may represent separate species.


Forest and woodland.

Female, subspecies aurantius
Photo by Luiz
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Although a colourful bird, it can easily be overlooked because of its habit of sitting quietly for long periods. Frugivorous.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Separating the Surucua (ssp. aurantius) from the White-tailed Trogon

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