Elegant Trogon Trogon elegans

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


Conservation Status

According to Birdlife International (2010), the Elegant Trogon is a species of Least Concern due to its large range and population, and a stable if not increasing population trend.

Effects of human activity on populations

Concern frequently expressed (e.g. Taylor 1979) that the Arizona population of the Elegant Trogon is vulnerable to disturbance by its greatest admirers, visiting birdwatchers. No difference in reproductive success was detected, however, in a comparison of breeding in canyons with high rates of human visitation versus canyons with low visitation rates (Hall 1996, summarized in Kunzmann et al. 1998).

Recently, some sites in Arizona have erected nest boxes for the trogons.  They have also made use of artificial plantations.

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.