Elegant Trogon Trogon elegans

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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The song is a series of harsh notes. It is described as "a hoarse, throaty, downslurred kahr, kowr, or khowur, repeated ca 5-10 times, then a pause before next series" (Stiles and Skutch 1989), and as "a gruff or hoarse, disyllabic kwa'h or krow'h, usually repeated 4-6 [times]" (Howell and Webb 1995).

Additional vocalizations include a "rolled chattering wehrr-rr-rr rr-rr-rr or kwerr-rrrerrr" (Howell and Webb 1995); a "fairly quiet, steady, gruff ahrr ahrr ..." (Howell and Webb 1995); a "dry, churring churrrrrrrr" (Howell and Webb 1995); and "begging young give a longer, squalling kowwwrr" (Stiles and Skutch 1989).

Nonvocal Sounds

The wing beats may be audible at close range.

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.