Elegant Trogon

Trogon elegans

Order

TROGONIFORMES

Family

Trogons (Trogonidae)

Code 4

ELTR

Code 6

TROELE

ITIS

Egg Color:

White



Number of Eggs:

3 - 5



Incubation Days:

23



Egg Incubator:

Both sexes



Nest Location:

12 - 40 feet above ground in natural tree cavity or abandoned woodpecker cavities



Nest Material:

Hay, straw, moss, wool, and, feathers



Migration:

Most do not migrate



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General

Elegant Trogon: Iridescent green upperparts and breast. Red undertail and belly, separated from green breast by white band, long iridescent copper green square tail tipped in black. Often seen perching upright. Female has brown head and upperparts, pale brown-white lower breast, white patch behind eye, white bar across brown upper breast. Juvenile similar to female but paler.

Range and Habitat

Elegant Trogon: Most adaptable, living in a wide variety of habitats ranging from tropical lowland forested floodplains, high elevation riparian woodlands, arid scrublands, woodlands, and temperate upland coniferous forests. Permanent resident in Mexico, also found in Arizona, southwestern New Mexico and the lower Rio Grande of south Texas.

Breeding and Nesting

Elegant Trogon: Three to four white eggs are laid in a nest made of hay, straw, moss, wool, and feathers, in natural tree or abandoned woodpecker cavities 12 to 40 feet above the ground. Incubated by both sexes for about 23 days.

Foraging and Feeding

Elegant Trogon: Feeds on insects, berries, and fruits, which it often gathers by hovering.

Vocalization

Elegant Trogon: Emits a rolled chattering or steady gruff frog-like sound or a series of hoarse, throaty, downslurred "k row hr" repeated several times.

Similar Species

Elegant Trogon: Eared Trogon has lager, dark bill. Larger patch of white on blue black tail. No white band across chest.

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UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
RiparianX
Relating to or living or located on the bank of a natural watercourse (as a river) or sometimes of a lake or a tidewater. 
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X