Family Trogons (Trogonidae)

Least Concern

Elegant Trogon (Trogon elegans)


French: Trogon élégant German: Schmucktrogon Spanish: Trogón elegante

Trogon elegans


, 1834,



Possibly closest to T. curucui, T. rufus, T. mexicanus, T. collaris and T. personatus; DNA studies suggest that T. rufus, T. collaris and T. personatus may be nearest relatives. Usually considered conspecific with T. ambiguus. Birds in El Salvador and Honduras intermediate between nominate and lubricus. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. e. elegans Gould, 1834 – Guatemala (Motagua Valley), extending into El Salvador and SW & C Honduras.
  • T. e. lubricus J. L. Peters, 1945 – Nicaragua and NW Costa Rica.
  • Descriptive notes

    28–30 cm; 72–84 g. Generally resembles other red-bellied trogons in range, but has paler undertail (with or without black barring) and female has oblique white... read more


    No differences reported between this species and T. ambiguus to date; in Costa Rica, song... read more


    Usually found in canopy of arid or semi-arid open woodland, pine-oak forest, deciduous riparian... read more

    Food and feeding

    Very few data pertaining to this species (most refer to T. ambiguus, with which this species was formerly treated as conspecific... read more


    Very few data compared to T. ambiguus. Season May–Aug in El Salvador, and Apr–Jul in NW Costa Rica, where double-... read more


    Apparently mostly resident and sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common to fairly common in much of range; in Guatemala, fairly common in upper Motagua Valley and in drier parts of Pacific lowlands and subtropics;... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Elegant Trogon (Trogon elegans). 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 September 2019).