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Trogon melanurus

Black-tailed Trogon

  • Order: Trogoniformes
  • Family: Trogonidae

Authors: Johnson, Tom

Trogon melanurus

Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil; 14 November 2012 © Marcelo Barreiros

Black-tailed Trogon is a canopy and mid-level forest species in lowland South America.  The male has a yellow bill and reddish eyering, a green head, chest, and upperparts with a white band separating the chest from the red underparts, and a blackish tail.  Females are gray above and below save for the red belly.  The species has three disjunct parts to its distribution, consisting of the Amazon Basin, a disjunct range west of the Andes in Peru and Ecuador, and a northern range in Panama, Colombia, and Venezuela.  They feed on fruit, especially Cecropia, and arthropods.  Calls of the Black-tailed Trogon include a ratting ca-ca-ca-ca-ca-ca series while the song typically consists of a slower series of evenly spaced, downslurred, whistled took notes.

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Recommended Citation

Johnson, Tom. 2010. Black-tailed Trogon (Trogon melanurus), 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.

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