Sunday, January 10, 2010

Black-Tailed Trogon

The black-tailed trogon is found from southern Central America down into the Amazon area of South America, including Peru. We saw a black-tailed trogon while in the canopy near the Inkaterra Reserve Amazonica, just off the Madre de Dios River below Puerto Maldonado in the Peruvian rain forest.

It had a yellow bill, red breast, greenish blue back and head, black wings, a small patch of white on the breast, separating the red from the greenish blue, and black eyes surrounded by red.

There are 39 different species of trogon found around the world.

There are three African species, a number of Asian species and the greater number of species in Central and South America. Only one species is found in the United States, in southern Arizona.
This is one of the most beautiful birds I've ever seen.

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