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Slaty-tailed Trogon Trogon massena

  • Order: Trogoniformes
  • Family: Trogonidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
  • Authors: Daniel Horton
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Slaty-tailed Trogon is a typical trogon of Central America. It feeds on fruit and insects in the canopy of dense humid forest. The species often is detected by its voice, a series of deep croaks. Like other species of trogons, Slaty-tailed often remains on a single perch for long periods, before sallying out to grab fruit or capture an insect. The male Slaty-tailed Trogon has a green head, back, and throat, orange bill, and red underparts with a slate-colored undertail; the female is dull gray throughout except for a red belly. Slaty-tailed Trogon occurs from southern Mexico south through Central America to northwestern South America in humid lowland rainforest.

Song (Massena)

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

Recommended Citation

Horton, D. (2014). Slaty-tailed Trogon (Trogon massena), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.slttro1.01