Elegant Trogon Trogon elegans

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


Distribution of the Elegant Trogon
eBird range map for Elegant Trogon

Generated from eBird observations (Year-Round, 1900-present)

Distribution in the Americas

Occurs from southwestern United States, in southeastern Arizona, and northeastern Mexico in Nuevo León and Tamaulipas, south to Oaxaca ("Coppery-tailed Trogon"); and, disjunctly, from southern Guatemala south to northwestern Costa Rica ("Elegant Trogon").

Resident in most of its range. The northern populations, however, are migratory; vacates southeastern Arizona and northern Sonora in winter, but is resident from southern Sonora south (Russell and Monson 1998).

Also a vagrant to south Texas.

Occurs from the lowlands up to 2400 m in Mexico (Howell and Webb 1995), although only to 750 m in Costa Rica (Stiles and Skutch 1989).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Neotropics.


Primary habitat is tropical deciduous forest, but also occurs in lowland and montane moist forest, lowland dry and most shrubland, and plantations.

Historical changes

There are no significant records of changes in distribution.

Fossil history

No fossils have been identified.

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.