Black-tailed Trogon (Trogon melanurus)

Order: Trogoniformes  | Family: Trogonidae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Amazonian, Brasil

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Southeastern Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Southeastern Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Amazonian, Brasil

Identification & Behavior: ~31.3 cm (12.3 in). Males and females Black-tailed Trogon have red bellies and black underside of the tail. Males have a narrow white breast band. Adult males are iridescent green, red orbital skin, and yellow bill. Females are gray, have a white eye ring, and bicolored bill yellow and dusky. The Black-tailed Trogon is distinguished from similar the Pavonine Quetzal by grayish wings (finely barred white), yellow bill, and reddish orbital skin. Other red-bellied Amazonian trogons are smaller and have the underside of the tail barred with white. See Blue-crowned Trogon and Collared Trogon.

Status: The Black-tailed Trogon is fairly common in floodplain forest in Amazonia. It reaches elevations of up to 1000 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Trogón de Cola Negra.

Sub-species: Black-tailed Trogon (Trogon melanurus eumorphus) J. T. Zimmer, 1948.

Meaning of Name: Trogon: Gr. Trogo= gobble, nibble, chew.  melanurus: Gr. melas= black and oura= tail. A trogon with a black tail.

See more of the Family Trogonidae   peru aves

Distribution Map


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 11/09/2014.