French: Quetzal doré German: Goldkopftrogon Spanish: Quetzal cabecidorado
Trogon (Calurus) auriceps
Subspecies and Distribution
P. a. auriceps
(Gould, 1842) – E Panama (Cerro Pirre), and Andes from Colombia S to E Peru and C Bolivia.
P. a. hargitti
(Oustalet, 1891) – Sierra de Perijá and Andes of Venezuela.
33–36 cm, with male's tail plumes up to 8–10 cm more. Male of nominate race has yellow bill, gold-bronze head, metallic golden-green upperparts and breast,... read more
Melodic, mournful, far-carrying, hawk-like whistles, repeated 6–8 times, “whe-wheeu,... read more
Inhabits humid and wet mid-elevation montane and foothill forest, less frequently forest edge and... read more
Food and feeding
Fruits, frequently Cecropia, Ocotea calophylla and Ficus, especially F. cundinamarcensis; also... read more
Female seen in tree hole in Mar in Colombia; 4 nests close together in May in Ecuador. No further information available.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common throughout its range, including Panama. In Colombia, rare in Los Nevados National Park and uncommon in Munchique National Park; in... read more
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