Guianan Trogon Male (Trogon violaceus)

Asa Wright Nature Centre, Trinidad

June 15, 2012

Guianan Trogon Male

Nancy took this image on the first full day of a trip led by Brian Rapoza for the Tropical Audubon Society to Trinidad and Tobago.

Just before our trip, bird experts had split the Guianan Trogon from the Violaceous Trogon complex (making it a new species). The Guianan Trogon inhabits humid forests in the Amazon Basin and Trinidad. It is the most common of the three trogon species on that island. They are about nine inches long and weigh two ounces. Females look similar to males, except that instead of a blue head and breast and a green back, these things are dark gray. Their eye ring is incomplete and is white instead of yellow.

These birds feed on large insects and small fruit. They build their nests in wasp or termite nests and lay a clutch of two or three white eggs.

Photographic details: Canon EOS 7D camera w/ EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens set at 400mm. Camera was set at 1/500 second on shutter priority, resulting in an aperture of f/22 at ISO 1000. Exposure was increased two stops in post-processing.

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