Trogons (Trogonidae)

Surucua Trogon (Trogon surrucura) - HBW 6, p. 121

French: Trogon surucua German: Surucuatrogon Spanish: Trogón Surucuá
Other common names: Orange-breasted(!)/Brazilian Trogon (aurantius)

Taxonomy: Trogon surrucura Vieillot, 1817, Paraguay.
May possibly be related to the superspecies that includes T. viridis, T. bairdii, T. citreolus and T. melanocephalus. Race aurantius has sometimes been considered a separate species, but it intergrades with the nominate race in the Rio de Janeiro area of SE Brazil. Two subspecies ­currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • aurantius Spix, 1824 - EC & SE Brazil (S to N São Paulo).
  • surrucura Vieillot, 1817 - E Paraguay and NE Argentina E to SE Brazil (Rio Grande do Sul); probably also S into Uruguay.