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Black-tailed Trogon Trogon melanurus

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  • Black-tailed Trogon male
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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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Song (Large-tailed)

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-breeding

Recommended Citation

Black-tailed Trogon (Trogon melanurus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/blttro1