Trogons (Trogonidae)

Golden-headed Quetzal (Pharomachrus auriceps) - HBW 6, p. 125

French: Quetzal doré German: Goldkopftrogon Spanish: Quetzal Cabecidorado
Other common names: Golden-headed Trogon

Taxonomy: Trogon (Calurus) auriceps Gould, 1842, Quito, Ecuador.
Forms a superspecies with P. pavoninus, and the two may be conspecific; P. fulgidus possibly belongs to same superspecies. Birds from NE Colombia currently placed in nominate race, but sometimes included in hargitti; population of W Ecuador described as race heliactin, but apparently inseparable from nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • auriceps (Gould, 1842) - E Panama (Cerro Pirre), and Andes from Colombia S to E Peru and N Bolivia.
  • hargitti (Oustalet, 1891) - Andes of Venezuela.