Family Trogons (Trogonidae)

Least Concern

Eared Quetzal (Euptilotis neoxenus)


French: Quetzal oreillard German: Haarbüscheltrogon Spanish: Trogón orejón

Trogon neoxenus


, 1838,





W Mexico in Sierra Madre Occidental (E Sonora and W Chihuahua S to Michoacán); marginally in S USA (in Arizona and New Mexico).

Descriptive notes

33–36 cm; male 103–127 g, female 115–148 g. Male has bill and head rather small and blackish, with barely visible filamentous postocular plumes; upper­... read more


Song a crescendo of 8–15 reedy quavering whistles, “whii whii whii whii-ii whii-ii-iir... read more


Upper and middle storeys of primary but also disturbed and logged pine, pine-oak and pine-evergreen... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, including moths, and fruit, including the berry-like fruits of madroña (Arbutus arizonica). Most food taken in Nov in... read more


Pairing Apr–Jun; breeds Jun–Oct, but records also in Apr, and even an immature with unossified skull from mid-Apr. Nest in tree... read more


Mainly resident; population in S USA may be resident or seasonal. Less sedentary than many other... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). A poorly known species. No global population estimate. At start of 1990s there were few known Mexican sites for this species, with La... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N., Kirwan, G.M. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Eared Quetzal (Euptilotis neoxenus). 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 23 July 2019).