Family Trogons (Trogonidae)

Least Concern

Citreoline Trogon (Trogon citreolus)


French: Trogon citrin German: Graukopftrogon Spanish: Trogón citrino

Trogon citreolus


, 1835,

no locality = Mexico


Sometimes considered conspecific with T. melanocephalus (which see). Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. c. citreolus Gould, 1835 – Pacific slope of Mexico from Sinaloa to Oaxaca.
  • T. c. sumichrasti Brodkorb, 1942 – Pacific coastal plain of Mexico in Oaxaca and Chiapas.
  • Descriptive notes

    27 cm. Male nominate race with bill pale blue-grey, eye yellow; head and breast dull greyish-black, creamy white breast­band, yellow rest of underside; wings greyish-... read more


    Like that of T. melanocephalus; rapid series of short notes resembling an antbird (... read more


    Arid to semi-arid open woodland, low coastal jungle and thorny brushland, thorn-forest, scrub,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Chiefly fruit in Feb–Jun, insects in Jul–Oct, and fruit and insects in equal quantity in Nov–Jan; insects include flying... read more


    May–Aug. Nest in arboreal termitarium, chiefly of Nasutitermes, in relatively sheltered patch of vegetation. Eggs 2–4... read more


    Apparently sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Species generally reckoned to be common to fairly common in appropriate habitat throughout most of range, and very common in Oaxaca.

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. (2019). Citreoline Trogon (Trogon citreolus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 15 July 2019).