Bare cheeked Trogon (Apaloderma aequatoriale)

Bare-cheeked Trogon

Bare-cheeked Trogon (Apaloderma aequatoriale)

[order] TROGONIFORMES | [family] Trogonidae | [latin] Apaloderma aequatoriale | [UK] Bare-cheeked Trogon | [FR] Couroucou a joues jaune | [DE] Gelbwangen-Trogon | [ES] Trogon Carigualdo | [NL] Geelwangtrogon


Monotypic species

Physical charateristics

Male has light green bill with yellow base. Head, upper breast and upper parts all green with golden blue shine. Yellowish bare skin on face. Underparts light-red. On the wings fine pale grey with black bars. Female brown face and throat. Breast more cinnamon washed brown.

wingspan min.: 0 cm wingspan max.: 0 cm
size min.: 28 cm size max.: 31 cm
incubation min.: 16 days incubation max.: 17 days
fledging min.: 16 days fledging max.: 17 days
broods: 0   eggs min.: 2  
      eggs max.: 3  


Africa : Central, Westcentral


Primary lowland forest, favors dense closed canopy. Usually 3-8 meters up in the understorey. Almost never in open land, which seperates it from lookalike Narina Trogon.


Monogamous species and very territorial. Male selects and defends nest, usually a cavity in a tree 2-8 meters up. Clutch size is 2 eggs with are incubated for about 16 days. Young leave nest after about 16 days.

Feeding habits

Insects of all kinds, but favors fat caterpillars. Also snails, hunts like a Drongo. Will also chase prey on the floor.


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). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not 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.
Bare-cheeked Trogon status Least Concern


Presumed sedentary

Distribution map
Bare-cheeked Trogon distribution range map

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