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Black-headed Trogon (espanol: Trogón)

Trogon melanocephalus


2 birds of similar features spotted. Blue and Black back-side, yellow-gold breasted (and underside), short grey(ish) beak, and white/grey circle around black eyes.


Dry tropical forest, Southwest Nicaragua; pacific lowlands; Spotted during last month of dry season;


Spotted at late morning, then again at mid-afternoon; birds perched within and beside their burrow nest that appears to be an excavated termite hive on a sparsely-leafed Madero negro tree;

2 Species ID Suggestions

pasopacifico 10 years ago
Black-headed Trogon
Trogon melanocephalus Paso Pacifico - Our Team

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Indio Jones
Indio Jones 10 years ago

Thanks PasoPacifico Team. Seems like a perfect match.

pasopacifico 10 years ago

Black-headed Trogon (Trogon melanocephalus)
Beautiful bird, I believe that they are a good omen. After I run into them, good things happen. They are often silent and observant. They are the daytime observers (at night they leave it to owls). In Nicaragua, local people call them viudas (widows). Same family as the Quetzal.

harsuame 10 years ago

Encantadora ave y su color muy bello genial series

auntnance123 10 years ago

Hi, Indio. My suggestion is simply that; it's a starting point for your own research. Good luck.

Indio Jones
Indio Jones 10 years ago

a white-taile trogon? thanks.

auntnance123 10 years ago

I think this may be a white-tailed trogon.

Indio Jones
Spotted by
Indio Jones


Spotted on Apr 19, 2012
Submitted on Apr 20, 2012

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