Trogons (Trogonidae)

Slaty-tailed Trogon (Trogon massena) - HBW 6, p. 121

French: Trogon de Masséna German: Schieferschwanztrogon Spanish: Trogón Grande
Other common names: Massena Trogon; Chapman’s Trogon (australis)

Taxonomy: Trogon massena Gould, 1838, Mexico.
Perhaps most closely related to T. melanurus, T. clathratus and T. comptus. Race australis sometimes placed with T. melanurus; alternatively, when race macroura of latter is treated as full ­species, australis is sometimes considered a race of that. Race hoffmanni intergrades with nominate in N and with australis in S; this race is not well defined and possibly invalid. Three subspecies tentatively recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • massena Gould, 1838 - Caribbean slope of SE Mexico (E from Veracruz), Belize, N Guatemala, N Honduras, and both slopes in Nicaragua.
  • hoffmanni (Cabanis & Heine, 1863) - Costa Rica (not dry NW) and Panama.
  • australis (Chapman, 1915) - W Colombia and NW Ecuador.