Black-tailed Trogon Trogon melanurus

Brazilian name:
surucuá-de-cauda-preta
Male  Black-tailed Trogon, Cristalino Lodge, Mato Grosso, Brazil, April 2003 - click for larger image Brazil

The Black-tailed Trogon is distributed in the Amazon Basin with 2 disjunct populations in Panama, northern Colombia and north-west Venezuela and in western Ecuador and north-western Peru.

It is found in the canopy and sub-canopy of forest and forest edges where it feeds on fruits including Cecropia as well as insects. It often accompanies mixed-species canopy flocks.

The male, shown here in photos 1, 2 and 3, has a yellow bill, an orange-red eye-ring and a thin white band across the chest separating the dark green breast from the red belly.

Male  Black-tailed Trogon, Cristalino Lodge, Mato Grosso, Brazil, April 2003 - click for larger image The undertail is slaty grey with no markings. Note how the green on the breast looks very different without the sun shining on it.

The female, seen in photos 4 and 5, is grey above and below with the exception of the red lower belly. Note also the grey on the upper mandible which is a feature of the nominate subspecies but not some of the other subspecies. The female has virtually no eye-ring.

There are illustrations in HBW, Volume 6, Page 121; and Hilty & Brown, Plate 17.

There are recordings and a distribution map on xeno-canto .

Male  Black-tailed Trogon, Cristalino Lodge, Mato Grosso, Brazil, April 2003 - click for larger image
Female Black-tailed Trogon, Caxiuanã, Pará, Brazil, November 2005 - click for larger image
Female  Black-tailed Trogon, Caxiuanã, Pará, Brazil, November 2005 - click for larger image
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