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Trogon personatus
Photo by Stanley Jones
Aguas Calientes, Peru, September, 2009


Photo by rdavis
Tandayapa Valley, NW Ecuador

Male: Green head, chest, and back on male, with black mask, black eye with orange surround, and red breast separated from chest with narrow white band.
Female: Similar, except that green plumage is replaced by light brown, eye surround is gray, and there is a small white patch behind the eye. Yellow bill, black primaries.

Similar Species

Male, Subspecies sanctaemartae
Photo © by NJ Larsen
El Dorado Lodge, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia, 24 August 2023

All trogons are similar, but undertail is diagnostic to separate this from the others: Note three white bands, with fine white and black striping between. Range is also indicative; others occupy different elevations.


Back View, Female, Subspecies sanctaemartae
Photo © by NJ Larsen
El Dorado Lodge, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia, 24 August 2023

Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, and Venezuela. See Taxonomy section for detailed distribution of subspecies.


Nine subspecies are recognized:[1]


Lower and middle moist montane forests between 1500m. and 3000m., both slopes of Andes


A patient, relatively tame species that perches almost motionless on branches, to sally forth for insects, then returns often to the same perch. Usually seen in mating pairs.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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