Slaty-tailed Trogon

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Trogon massena

Slaty-tailed Trogon

The Slaty-tailed Trogon is a near passerine bird in the trogon family, Trogonidae.

This species is about 12 inches long and weighs 145 grams.

It has a uniformly dark gray tail, and the wing coverts also appear gray, although actually finely vermiculated in black and white.

Males have a green back, head and breast, red belly and stout orange bill. They also have an orange eyering.

Females have a dark gray back, head and breast, red belly and only partially orange bill, most of the upper mandible being black.

CALL: A nasal "uk uk uk".

Feeds on insects and fruit, and their broad bills and weak legs reflect their diet and arboreal habits.

Although their flight is fast, they are reluctant to fly any distance. They typically perch upright and motionless.

A resident of the canopy and higher levels of damp tropical forests, but comes lower in adjacent semi-open areas.

Breeds in lowlands from southeastern Mexico south through Central America, to Colombia, and a small region of northwestern Ecuador.

Nests 3 - 15 meters high in an occupied termite nest or decaying tree trunk, with a typical clutch of 3 white or bluish-white eggs laid in a chamber reached by an ascending tunnel.

Both sexes excavate the nesting chamber.



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