Blue-crowned Trogon Trogon curucui


Brazilian name: surucuá-de-barriga-vermelha

Male Blue-crowned Trogon, Sauípe, Bahia, Brazil, October 2008 - click for larger image Brazil

The Blue-crowned Trogon is found in a variety of habitats from eastern Colombia, Ecuador and Peru through the Amazon Basin south of the river Amazon and into northeast Brazil. It is found in a wide variety of habitats from forest to scrub

It eats insects and small fruits and often joins mixed species flocks.

The male has a bill that is pale greyish-horn with a greenish, bluish or yellowish tinge. It also has an orange eye-ring. The face and throat are blackish while the crown neck and breast are a glossy greenish-blue as is the upper tail. The wing panel appears grey though it is actually black with fine white vermiculations.

Female Blue-crowned Trogon, Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil, December 2006 - click for larger image The female, shown in photos 3 and 4 has a red belly, white across the chest and a grey breast. The bill is blackish above and grey below. This is at odds with some illustrations such as HBW and Ridgely & Greenfield which show a yellow bill though Birds of Northern South America and Schulenberg's Birds of Peru show the same bill colours as seen here. Check also the photo gallery at Wikiaves.

There is a broken white eye-ring on the female while you can also see the white barring on the wings. The black undertail has white edges with black notches.

There are recordings and a distribution map on xeno-canto, a distribution map by Natureserve and additional information is available via Avibase. There is a page in Portuguese on Wikiaves. .
Female Blue-crowned Trogon, Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil, December 2006 - click for larger image

Female Blue-crowned Trogon, Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil, December 2006 - click for larger image

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