Lattice-tailed Trogon (Trogon clathratus)

Lattice-tailed Trogon

[order] TROGONIFORMES | [family] Trogonidae | [latin] Trogon clathratus | [authority] Salvin, 1856 | [UK] Lattice-tailed Trogon | [FR] Trogon echelette | [DE] Sperberschwanz-Trogon | [ES] Trogon Colibarrado, Trogon Ojiblanco (Cr) | [NL] Rasterstaarttrogon


Genus Species subspecies Region Range
Trogon clathratus MA Costa Rica, Panama


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

Male with yellow bill and white iris. Face and throat black; crown, nape, upperparts and breast green. Underparts reddish. Uppertail greenish, undertail slaty with thin white bars. Wings with vermiculated panel. Female dark upper mandible, slaty crown and upperparts, Olive breast.

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Middle America : Costa Rica, Panama


Lower canopy and midlevel of foothill wet forest. Also lower mountian slopes, usually between 800m and 1400m. Hardly ever moves to lowland.


Nest is a cvity in a rotten tree. Sometimes found in termite hill about 5-8 meters up. No further data.

Feeding habits

Fruits, insects, mostly large ones and small reptiles.


Although this species may have a small range, it is not believed to 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.
Lattice-tailed Trogon status Least Concern


Sedentary, but descends from hill during middle of rain season.

Distribution map

Lattice-tailed Trogon distribution range map

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