Black-tailed trogon

Black-tailed trogon

Trogon melanurus

Demerara, Guyana


Trogons spend a lot of time still and silent in the tree tops so can be hard to spot despite their striking colours.

Where and how they live: Rainforests of South America and Panama. They are common around the forest edges. ‘Trogon’ is Greek for nibble. The males find a good site and then sing to attract a female. The pair work together to ‘nibble’ a nest hole in a rotting tree or old termite nest to rear their young in.

What they eat: Insects and fruit, particularly those of Cercropia trees. They can catch insects or pick fruit whilst in flight.

Are they endangered? Not yet but a shrinking rainforest means more competition with other animals over a limited number of suitable nest sites.

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