Black-tailed Trogon (Trogon melanurus) - HBW 6, p. 122
French: Trogon à queue noire
Spanish: Trogón Colinegro
Other common names: Large-tailed Trogon (macroura)
Taxonomy: Trogon melanurus Swainson, 1838, Demerara (= Georgetown), Guyana.
Closest relatives may be T. massena, T. clathratus and T. comptus. Probably forms a parapatric species pair with T. comptus. Present species sometimes thought to include race australis of T. massena. Race macroura sometimes suggested to be a distinct species, and T. massena australis then regarded by some authors as belonging therein. Birds from Amazonian Brazil sometimes separated as race occidentalis. Four subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- macroura Gould, 1838 - C Panama (E of Canal Zone) to N Colombia and extreme NW Venezuela.
- mesurus (Cabanis & Heine, 1863) - W Ecuador and NW Peru.
- melanurus Swainson, 1838 - E of Andes from Colombia E through Venezuela to the Guianas and NE Brazil (Maranhão).
- eumorphus Zimmer, 1948 - Amazon Basin from E Ecuador and Peru E to NC Brazil (to E of Manaus), S to N Bolivia.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 13 videos
A male singing and flying away Locality Sacha Lodge, Orellana Province, Ecuador (ssp melanurus)
Anna Motis 11 August 2006 6 years ago 18 sec 4.5
A female in a tree, ejecting a stone, and flying away. Locality Fazenda Javaes, Pium, Tocantins State, Brazil (ssp melanurus)
Josep del Hoyo 5 August 2011 45 weeks ago 19 sec 4.4
A male in a tree, singing. Locality Río Negro, Beni Department, Bolivia (ssp eumorphus)
Josep del Hoyo 31 August 2005 6 years ago 35 sec 4.2
front view of male with heavily worn tail Locality Amazonia Lodge, Kosñipata Valley, Manu Biosphere Reserve, Madre de Dios Department, Peru (ssp eumorphus)
Martin Kennewell 6 September 2006 1 year ago 21 sec 3.8
A male perched in a tree above. Locality El Paujil Natural Reserve, Colombia (ssp macroura)
Keith Blomerley 2 November 2012 17 weeks ago 22 sec 3.7
A female perched and flying away Locality Amazonia Lodge, Kosñipata Valley, Manu Biosphere Reserve, Madre de Dios Department, Peru (ssp eumorphus)
Josep del Hoyo 4 August 2005 7 years ago 12 sec 3.5
PhotosSee all 14 photos
adult female "Ecuadorian Trogon"
Locality Jorupe Reserve, Loja Province, Ecuador (ssp mesurus )
Dusan Brinkhuizen 16 August 2011 1 year ago 4.2
Dorsal view of a female perched on a branch.
Locality Río Negro, Beni Department, Bolivia (ssp eumorphus)
Joe Tobias 2 September 2005 22 weeks ago 4
Bird from near the new tower
Locality Sani Lodge, Orellana Province, Ecuador (ssp eumorphus)
hawk 6 September 2009 6 weeks ago 3.9
Ecuadorian Trogon, male bird
Locality Manglares Churute, Guayas Province, Ecuador (ssp mesurus)
rainer seifert 17 October 2010 6 weeks ago 3.8
Frontal view of a male perched on a branch.
Locality Cachuela Esperanza, Beni Department, Bolivia (ssp eumorphus)
Joe Tobias 7 October 2005 22 weeks ago 3.7
Locality Pinogana, Darién Province, Panama (ssp macroura)
Ken Havard 30 weeks ago 3.7