Masked Trogon

Trogon personatus

Bird of the month - July

The Masked Trogon is a widespread species of humid montane forests in South America
Males are bronze to green on the head, chest, and upperparts, with red belly separated from the chest by a white band, black tail with broad white tips to the graduated rectrices, orange to red eye ring, and yellow bill; females are brownish above with a white eyering. The species has an interesting highland distribution: it is present along the Andes from Venezuela south to Bolivia, and also in the disjunct tepuis of Venezuela, Guyana, and northern Brazil. There are eight subspecies of Masked Trogon described which vary in plumage and bare parts coloration. Like other trogons, they nest in tree cavities and feed on fruit and insects.

Bird of the month - July

The Trogon stay so still that makes it hard to see among the trees, but once you notice its bight red belly, you can only enjoy its beauty. They usually perch quite waiting for insects which is perfect for a photo.

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Xeno-canto by Jerome Fischer