Family Trogons (Trogonidae)

Least Concern

Lattice-tailed Trogon (Trogon clathratus)


French: Trogon échelette German: Sperberschwanztrogon Spanish: Trogón colibarrado

Trogon clathratus


, 1866,

Santa Fé de Veragua, Panama


Closest relatives possibly T. massena, T. comptus and T. melanurus (with T. mesurus). Monotypic.


Caribbean slope from Costa Rica to W Panama, where locally also on Pacific slope.

Descriptive notes

30 cm; 130 g. Male has yellow bill and whitish iris; face and throat blackish; crown, nape, upperparts and breast green, belly to undertail-coverts rosy-red; vermiculated... read more


A rapid series of c.15 loud, resonant clucking “kwa” notes rising in pitch and volume... read more


Lower canopy and middle levels of humid and wet forest in foothills and on lower mountain slopes,... read more

Food and feeding

Various Lauraceae and other fruits, also large insects, and occasionally small frogs and lizards.


Recorded Feb–May. Nest is a cavity in a rotting stub or snag, occasionally an arboreal termi­tarium, situated 5–8 m above... read more


Descends from higher parts of range in middle to late rainy season.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Central American Caribbean Slope EBA. Uncommon to fairly common in Costa Rica; apparently rare, although perhaps... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2019). Lattice-tailed Trogon (Trogon clathratus). 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).