Green-backed Trogon Trogon viridis
(aka White-tailed Trogon)

Brazilian name:
Surucuá-grande-de-barriga-amarela
Male White-tailed Trogon, Linhares, Espírito Santo, Brazil, March 2004 - click for larger image Brazil

The Green-backed Trogon is found in the Amazon and Orinoco basins. There is a disjunct population in eastern Brazil.

It inhabits a variety of forest and woodland habitats where it feeds on fruits, berries and insects.

They usually excavate a nest hole out of a termite nest in a tree.

Male White-tailed Trogon, Linhares, Espírito Santo, Brazil, March 2004 - click for larger image Trogon species can be very similar but the main features to remember for the male Green-backed Trogon are its almost white tail, its yellow belly and its violet breast and hood with no white line between belly and breast. Also look for the colour of the eye-ring which is light blue. Its back is green and the wings are black with thin white lines.

The female, seen here in photos 3, 4 and 5, is grey rather than green and violet and has more black on the tail but still has the yellow belly and the pale blue eye-ring.

There are recordings on xeno-canto, a distribution map from NatureServe and additional information available via Avibase. There is a page in Portuguese on Wikiaves.

Female White-tailed Trogon, Palmarí, near Tabatinga, Amazonas, Brazil, September 2003 - click for larger image
Female White-tailed Trogon, Palmarí, near Tabatinga, Amazonas, Brazil, September 2003 - click for larger image
Female White-tailed Trogon, Linhares, Espírito Santo, Brazil, March 2004 - click for larger image
Male White-tailed Trogon, Camacan, Bahia, Brazil, November 2008 - click for larger image
Male White-tailed Trogon, Camacan, Bahia, Brazil, November 2008 - click for larger image
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