Amazonian Trogon (Trogon ramonianus)

Amazonian Trogon

[order] TROGONIFORMES | [family] Trogonidae | [latin] Trogon ramonianus | [authority] J.F.Gmelin 1788 | [UK] Amazonian Trogon | [FR] Not yet named | [DE] Not yet named | [ES] Not yet named | [NL] Not yet named


Monotypic species


The Neotropical Trogoninae, containing four genera, Trogon, Priotelus, Pharomachrus and Eupilotis. The two Caribbean species of Priotelus were formerly different ones (Temnotrogon on Hispaniola), and are extremely ancient. The two quetzal genera, Pharomachrus and Eupilotis are possibly derived from the final and most numerous genus of trogons in the Neotropics, Trogon. A 2008 study of the genetics of Trogon suggested the genus originated in Central America and radiated into South America after the formation of the Isthmus of Panama (as part of the Great American Interchange), thus making trogons relatively recent arrivals in South America. Within the genus Trogon, a division of species that coincides with female plumage type is well supported. Females with brown breasts and heads characterize one clade (including T. rufus), whereas females in the other clade (including T. comptus) have gray breasts and heads. Females of T. rufus and T. mexicanus both have brown heads. Male plumage does not appear to be informative at this level; species with red or yellow underparts are interspersed in both clades. They have large eyes, stout hooked bills, short wings, and long, squared-off, strongly graduated tails; black and white tail-feather markings form distinctive patterns on the underside. Males have richly colored metallic plumage, metallic on the upperparts.[1] Although many have brightly coloured bare eye-rings, they lack the colorful patches of bare facial skin in their African counterparts, Apaloderma.[2] Females and young are duller and sometimes hard to identify in the field

Physical charateristics

Sits very upright on horizontal branches. Male: Blue head and upper breast, green back, becoming bluer on the rump, a white line separates the breast from the golden yellow underparts, but this is sometimes hard to detect (may to some extent depend on subspecies). Yellow circular eye-ring. White undertail with black barring, black wings vermiculated with white. Female: Dark grey back, head and breast. White oval-shaped eye-ring may only consist of front and back (brackets).

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size min.: 22 cm size max.: 24 cm
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South America : Amazonia. Found in the Amazon of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil. Also in southern Venezuela.


Tropical forest.


It nests in a wasp, ant or termite nest or a hole in a rotten tree; 2-3 white eggs are laid.

Feeding habits

The diet includes insects and small fruit.

Video Amazonian Trogon


copyright: baco1970


No data on Birdlife’s red list pages.
Very little information found because the taxonomic status has been determined only in 2009. It was split as a species for m the Violaceous Trogon to form a separate species with the Gartered Trogon.
Amazonian Trogon status Data Deficient


Presumed sedentary, but not well documented

Distribution map

Amazonian Trogon distribution range map

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