Black-throated Trogon (Trogon rufus)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Panama

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

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

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

Identification & Behavior: ~25.5 cm (10 in). Male and female Black-throated Trogon have yellow bellies and white-barred underside of the tail. Males are iridescent green and have a black mask and yellowish bill. Females are brown and have a noticeable white eye ring, yellowish bill with dusky culmen.  Black-throated trogon is distinguished from other yellow-bellied trogons by having a green iridescent breast, head and back, and a black mask. Females are unique in being brown with a yellow belly. See Green-backed Trogon and Amazonian Trogon

Status: The Black-throated Trogon is uncommon to rare in the northern half of the Peruvian Amazon where it reaches elevations of up to 650 m along the foothill of the Andes.

Name in Spanish: Trogón de Garganta Negra.

Sub-species: Black-throated Trogon (Trogon rufus sulphureus) Spix, 1824. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Meaning of Name: Trogon: Gr. Trogo= gobble, nibble, chew. rufus: L. rufus, rufa=brown.  In ornithology, rufous covers a wide spectrum of colors.

See more of the Family Trogonidae   peru aves

Distribution Map
Black-throated TrogonVoice


    • 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.