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Trogon surrucura

Surucua Trogon

  • Order: Trogoniformes
  • Family: Trogonidae
  • Polytypic 2 Subspecies


Trogon surrucura

Cruce Caballero Provincial Park, Misiones, Argentina; 19 August 2009 © Martjan Lammertink

The Surucua Trogon is a resident of tropical evergreen forest of southeastern Brazil and northeastern Argentina.  The male Surucua Trogon is beautifully colored bird with a royal blue crown, neck and breast; black cheeks and throat; a coppery green back shading to turquoise green on the tail; and a pinkish red belly.  Females are dull gray above with distinct narrow white bars on the wing panels and black undertail coverts.  The diet of the Surucua Trogon consists mainly of insects including caterpillars, grasshoppers, spiders, cicadas and flying termites.  Surucua Trogons plucking insects from branches in flight as well as by sallying to catch flying insects in mid-air. 

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Surucua Trogon (Trogon surrucura), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Tropical lowland evergreen forest
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  • IUCN Status:Least Concern