Thursday, June 23, 2022

Slaty-Tailed Trogon

I got a glimpse of a slaty-tailed trogon in Panama, near the western end of the canal. Our guide saw a toucan fly into the trees and stopped the van so I could photograph it. The toucan flew without my getting a photo, but then the guide spotted the trogon. 
I've seen a trogon once before, a black-tailed trogon, in the Amazon Basin of Peru near Puerto Maldonado. It is one of the prettiest birds I've ever seen. This one looked very similar. One of the big differences is the slaty-tailed trogon has a reddish-orange bill as opposed to a bone-colored bill. This one also had what looks like pollen all over its bill and the front portion of its face. 
It is found in portions of southern Mexico, down through portions of Central America into the coastal area of Colombia of western Colombia. 

1 comment:

  1. The tiny, wavy, lilac-colored breast feathers are interesting, almost like a piece of clothing under a cloak.