Black-throated Trogon Trogon rufus

  • Order: Trogoniformes
  • Family: Trogonidae
  • Polytypic: 6 subspecies
  • Authors: Cassie Stelow

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The typical song of the Black-throated Trogon is described as "2-5 clear, mellow, descending whistles in a deliberate series, the later notes lower in pitch" (Costa Rica; Stiles and Skutch 1989); "two to four well separated cow notes" (Panama; Ridgely and Gwynne 1989); and "a slow, evenly spaced ser[ies] of ca 2-4 cuk or cuh notes, at rate of 1/sec or slower" (Venezuela; Hilty 2003).

Also gives a churring call, similar to other trogons.

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Stelow, C. (2011). Black-throated Trogon (Trogon rufus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.