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Elegant Trogon Trogon elegans

  • Order: Trogoniformes
  • Family: Trogonidae
  • Polytypic: 5 subspecies
  • Authors: Nathan R. Williams

The Elegant Trogon (Trogon elegans) is a widespread and adaptable species of trogon. It also is the northernmost species of trogon, with one subspecies breeding as far north as southeastern Arizona, in the United States, where its bright, vivid, plumage makes this species a favorite of many birdwatchers. . Although this species is widespread, the distribution is disjunct, with a significant gap between the geographic ranges of the northern and southern populations. Each of these formerly was classified as a separate species, under the names Coppery-tailed Trogon (Trogon ambiguus) for the three subspecies of the United States and Mexico, and "true" Elegant Trogon (Trogon elegans) for the two subspecies that occur from Guatemala south to Costa Rica. Elegant Trogons primarily occupy dry tropical forest habitat, but also occur in flooded forests, scrublands, plantations and at low and montane altitudes.

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

Recommended Citation

Williams, N. R. (2011). Elegant Trogon (Trogon elegans), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.