Violaceous Trogon

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Common Name: Violaceous Trogon
Scientific Name: Trogon violaceus

Size: 9 inches (23 cm)

Habitat: Northern South America. The Amazonian race occurs in southeastern Colombia, Bolivia, Venezuela, the Amazon basin, the Guianas and Trinidad. The Northern form breeds in Mexico, Central America and south to Peru. Often found in lower levels of semi-arid open woodlands and forests

Status: Least Concern. Global population: Unknown.

Diet: Insects, often taken in flight, and small fruit.

Breeding: Nests are built 2-6 m high in an unlined shallow cavity, usually selecting an old woodpecker hole, with a typical clutch of 2-3 eggs.

Cool Facts: The shade of the blue of the head differs between the two forms, but the call is the main distinction between the Northern and Amazonian Violaceous Trogons. The former has a slurred whistled ""//cuh-cuh-cuh//"", and Amazonian has a soft ""//cow cow, cow//"".

Although a trogon is a fast flier, they are reluctant to fly any distance. They typically perch upright and motionless.

This species superficially resembles the White-tailed Trogon, but the latter is larger and has a whiter tail.

Found in Songbird Remix Amazon

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