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Coa, Elegant Trogon

Trogon elegans


Trogons have distinctive male and female plumages, with soft, often colourful, feathers. This species is 28–30 centimetres (11–12 in) long and weighs 65–67 grams (2.3–2.4 oz). Both sexes have a white undertail with fine horizontal black barring. The undertail also has large white tips spaced evenly ending in a black terminal band. Both have a yellow bill, orange-red undertail coverts and lower belly, and a white horizontal breast stripe. Female The male Elegant Trogon has a metallic deep green head, upper breast and back, black face and throat, and red-orange lower breast and belly. He shows grey upperwing coverts. The female has a metallic bronze head, upper breast, back, upper tail and upperwing coverts. She shows a dull white upper belly, and a small white vertical stripe behind the eye. The usual call is a croaking "co-ah co-ah co-ah". The trogon will also include some chattering notes. Elegant Trogons feed on insects and fruit, often taken in flight. Their broad bills and weak legs reflect their diet and arboreal habits. Although their flight is fast, they are reluctant to fly any distance. They typically perch upright and motionless.


It is a resident of the lower levels of semi-arid open woodlands and forests. It nests 2–6 metres (7–20 ft) high in an unlined shallow cavity

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MikeGrageda 8 years ago

Cierto Luis, las conocen como Coas, son difíciles de ver y aun más difícil es poder fotografiarlas. Ojalá pueda ver a estas aves tan bellas más seguido. Saludos!!!

LuisStevens 8 years ago

Felicidades Mike, a estos yo los conocía como Coas, nunca he tenido la oportunidad de fotografiarlos.

LauraMaria 9 years ago

What a gorgeous bird.... lovely photo!

Tere R
Tere R 9 years ago

guau qu suerte la tuya, pues me parece que casi no hay por ahí!

MikeGrageda 9 years ago

Que tal alfytere? Ví a esta ave en un Área Protegida que se llama Sierra de Álvarez, en el estado de San Luis Potosí en México. Saludos!!!

Tere R
Tere R 9 years ago

Guau, ¿Donde lo viste? está fantastico.

alicelongmartin 9 years ago

He is elegant!

MikeGrageda 9 years ago

Muchas gracias harsuame!!!

harsuame 9 years ago

Fantástico muy hermoso buena toma

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San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, Mexico

Spotted on Mar 21, 2012
Submitted on Mar 27, 2012


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