Bar tailed Trogon (Apaloderma vittatum)

Bar-tailed Trogon

Bar-tailed Trogon (Apaloderma vittatum)

[order] TROGONIFORMES | [family] Trogonidae | [latin] Apaloderma vittatum | [UK] Bar-tailed Trogon | [FR] Couroucou a queuebarree | [DE] Bergtrogon | [ES] Trogon Montano | [NL] Bandstaarttrogon


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Apalharpactes vittatum
Apaloderma vittatum AF wc, e

Physical charateristics

The Bar-tailed Trogon averages about 28 cm long. The bill and feet are yellow, and the tail, long and broad as usual for trogons, has the underside narrowly barred with black and white. The male’s head is blue-black with bronze iridescence. Below the eye are two yellow or orange patches of bare skin; above the eye is a yellow or grey patch. The upper breast is iridescent from violet to blue-green; the rest of the underparts are red. The back is green and the upper surface of the tail is blue-black or purple-black. The female’s head is brown with less ornamental bare skin and its throat and breast are light cinnamon; otherwise it resembles the male. The immature is similar to the female, but has a white belly and pale spots on the wings formed by the tips of the wing coverts and inner secondaries

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Africa : Westcentral, East


It lives in forests; its preferred altitude, above about 1600 meters, is typically higher up than the Narina Trogon, but the two occur together in some places.


Builds nest in a dying tree cavity usually 2 meter up. Clutch size is 2-3 eggs.

Feeding habits

Favors soft canopy insects, moths and caterpillars.


This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Bar-tailed Trogon status Least Concern


Presumed sedentary

Distribution map
Bar-tailed Trogon distribution range map

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