An Introduction to the Birds of Tropical America

    Trogons and Quetzals  

The classification Trogoniformes includes Trogons and Quetzals, which are among the most spectacular birds of the tropics. Most have bright colors often with a metallic sheen, and lots of ornate details in the wing, tail and crest feathers. Six species of Quetzals are found in the American tropics, and many more species of Trogons are found worldwide. The BirdPhotos.com Trogoniformes album has many more photos.


White-tipped Quetzal
White-tipped Quetzal (Pharomachrus fulgidus) Male
ProAves El Dorado Reserve, Santa Marta Sierra Nevada, Magdalena, Colombia
Quetzals are generally very high in the canopy. I can't explain why this one came to the ground. There was no fallen fruit evident.

Masked Trogon
Masked Trogon (Trogon personatus) Male
San Isidro Lodge, Ecuador
The Masked Trogon is the only species fround at higher altitudes in the Andes.

White-tailed Trogon
White-tailed Trogon (Trogon chionurus) Female
Bahia Solano, Choco, Colombia
Female Trogons are usually less colorful, here more grey, than the males.


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