QUETZALS & TROGONS   -   TROGONIDAE


Resplendant Quetzal - Pharomachrus mocinno
Resplendant Quetzal
Pharomachrus mocinno costaricensis
Savegre Valley, San José province, Costa Rica.
Male. For me, this is undoubtedly the most spectacular member of the family, and ranks very high among the world's most beautiful birds. The tail streamers are lengthened uppertail coverts, not tail feathers. (S5)


Resplendant Quetzal - Pharomachrus mocinno
Resplendant Quetzal
Pharomachrus mocinno costaricensis
Savegre Valley, San José province, Costa Rica.
Male. This pair (female is below) was nesting right by the main road going down the Savegre Valley, on 16 March 2005. (D2)


Resplendant Quetzal - Pharomachrus mocinno
Resplendant Quetzal
Pharomachrus mocinno costaricensis
Savegre Valley, San José province, Costa Rica.
Female. The mate of the male in the previous photo. (D2)


Pavonine Quetzal - Pharomachrus pavoninus
Pavonine Quetzal
Pharomachrus pavoninus pavoninus
Yasuní Research Station, Orellana province, Ecuador.
Male. It occurs widely throughout the Amazon basin, but never seems to be common anywhere. (S6)


Golden-headed Quetzal - Pharomachrus auriceps
Golden-headed Quetzal
Pharomachrus auriceps auriceps
Tandayapa, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
Male. A classic Andean cloudforest species, also occurring in eastern Panama. (S8)


White-tipped Quetzal - Pharomachrus fulgidus
White-tipped Quetzal
Pharomachrus fulgidus fulgidus
Slopes of Cerro Humo, Paria peninsula, Sucre state, Venezuela.
Male. This is the nominate race, which does not have particularly long upper tail coverts; in fact they are not even really evident in this shot, so I wonder if it was molting, or perhaps a young bird. (D3)


White-tipped Quetzal - Pharomachrus fulgidus
White-tipped Quetzal
Pharomachrus fulgidus festatus
San Lorenzo ridge, Sierra de Santa Marta, Magdalena department, Colombia.
This is the race endemic to the Santa Marta Mountains; note the longer "tail streamers" (upper tail coverts). (D3)


Crested Quetzal - Pharomachrus antisianus
Crested Quetzal
Pharomachrus antisianus
Manu road between Pillahuata and San Pedro, Cusco region, Peru.
Male. (S8)


Slaty-tailed Trogon - Trogon massena
Slaty-tailed Trogon
Trogon massena hoffmanni
La Selva OTS, Heredia province, Costa Rica.
Male. (S6)


Slaty-tailed Trogon - Trogon massena
Slaty-tailed Trogon
Trogon massena hoffmanni
Panama Rainforest Discovery Center, Colón province, Panama.
Female. (S8)


Blue-tailed Trogon - Trogon comptus
Blue-tailed (Chocó) Trogon
Trogon comptus
Río Silanche Bird Sanctuary, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
Male. Also often called Chocó Trogon, which is a more appropriate name considering it is a Chocó endemic, and less confusing as well. The English name "Blue-tailed Trogon" is also sometimes used for Asian trogons of the genus Apalharpactes from Sumatra and Java, causing potential for even more confusion. (S8)


Blue-tailed Trogon - Trogon comptus
Blue-tailed (Chocó) Trogon
Trogon comptus
La Unión, Esmeraldas province, Ecuador.
Female. (S7)


Ecuadorian Trogon - Trogon mesurus
Ecuadorian Trogon
Trogon mesurus
Cerro Blanco, Guayas province, Ecuador.
Male. Ranges in dry and semi-humid forest in western Ecuador and northwestern Peru. (S8)


Black-headed Trogon - Trogon melanocephalus
Black-headed Trogon
Trogon melanocephalus melanocephalus
Campamento La Jungla, Catemaco, Veracruz state, Mexico.
Male. (S5)


Citreoline Trogon - Trogon citreolus
Citreoline Trogon
Trogon citreolus sumichrasti
Zipolite, Oaxaca state, Mexico.
Male. Endemic to the Pacific coast of Mexico. (S5)


White-tailed Trogon - Trogon chionurus
White-tailed Trogon
Trogon chionurus
Río Canandé reserve, Esmeraldas province, Ecuador.
Male. (S8)


White-tailed Trogon - Trogon chionurus
White-tailed Trogon
Trogon chionurus
Río Silanche Bird Sanctuary, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
Female. (S8)


Green-backed Trogon - Trogon viridis
Green-backed Trogon
Trogon viridis viridis
Yasuní Research Station, Orellana province, Ecuador.
Female. (S6)


Gartered Trogon - Trogon caligatus
Gartered Trogon
Trogon caligatus braccatus
Sierra de los Tuxtlas, Veracruz state, Mexico.
Male. Split from Violaceous Trogon T. violacea, and in some books called Northern Violaceous Trogon. (S5)


Blue-crowned Trogon - Trogon curucui
Blue-crowned Trogon
Trogon curucui curucui
Jeremoaba, Bahia state, Brazil.
Female. (S6)


Surucua Trogon - Trogon surrucura
Surucua Trogon
Trogon surrucura surrucura
Intervales State Park, São Paulo state, Brazil.
This trogon is common and widespread in the Atlantic Forest region of Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. It also occurs in Uruguay. There are two subspecies that differ in the color of the belly and eyering. This is the red-bellied subspecies, found in the southern and western part of its range. (S8)


Surucua Trogon - Trogon surrucura
Surucua Trogon
Trogon surrucura aurantius
Caraça sanctuary, Minas Gerais state, Brazil.
Male. An example of the yellow-bellied race, which occurs in the northern and eastern parts of its range. (S6)


Black-throated Trogon - Trogon rufus
Black-throated Trogon
Trogon rufus chrysochloros
Serra da Graciosa, Paraná state, Brazil.
Male. Note the more finely barred tail than the other races farther below, as well the color of the eyering. (D4)


Black-throated Trogon - Trogon rufus
Black-throated Trogon
Trogon rufus chrysochloros
Intervales State Park, São Paulo state, Brazil.
Female. (S6)


Black-throated Trogon - Trogon rufus
Black-throated Trogon
Trogon rufus tenellus
Panama Rainforest Discovery Center, Colón province, Panama.
Male. (S8)


Black-throated Trogon - Trogon rufus
Black-throated Trogon
Trogon rufus tenellus
Plantation Road, Soberania National Park, Panama province, Panama.
Juvenile male - he resembles a female, but is starting to show some green patches in the brown. (S8)


Black-throated Trogon - Trogon rufus
Black-throated Trogon
Trogon rufus cupreicauda
Río Canandé reserve, Esmeraldas province, Ecuador.
Male. Some races, such as this one found in the Chocó region, have yellow eyerings. (S8)


Collared Trogon - Trogon collaris
Collared Trogon
Trogon collaris virginalis
Rio Silanche Bird Sanctuary, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
Male. (D3)


Collared Trogon - Trogon collaris
Collared Trogon
Trogon collaris virginalis
Río Palenque Science Station, Los Rios province, Ecuador.
Female. (S7)



Collared Trogon
Trogon collaris puella
North of Mapastepec, Chiapas state, Mexico.
Male. This is the northernmost subspecies (sometimes split, e.g. HBW) with tail feathers lacking the broad white tips. (S5)


Masked Trogon - Trogon personatus
Masked Trogon
Trogon personatus assimilis
Tandayapa Bird Lodge, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
Male. (S6)


Masked Trogon - Trogon personatus
Masked Trogon
Trogon personatus assimilis
Tandayapa Bird Lodge, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
Female. (S8)


Masked Trogon - Trogon personatus
Masked Trogon
Trogon personatus ptaritepui
La Escalera (Sierra de Lema), Bolívar state, Venezuela.
Male. This subspecies (endemic to the tepuis of eastern Venezuela and adjacent Guyana & Brazil) should have a golden tinge to the back; it does show that, but then so does the other male from Ecuador a few photos above. (D3)



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