Family Trogons (Trogonidae)

Least Concern

Pavonine Quetzal (Pharomachrus pavoninus)


French: Quetzal pavonin German: Pfauentrogon Spanish: Quetzal pavonino

Trogon pavoninus


, 1824,

Rio Negro, Amazonas, Brazil


Closely related to P. auriceps, with which may be conspecific; P. fulgidus possibly close to these two. Population in lower Amazon proposed as race viridiceps, but differences appear to be result of individual variation. Monotypic.


E Ecuador, SE Colombia and NE Peru to S & E Venezuela (S Amazonas, Bolívar) and C Amazon in Brazil (N to upper R Negro, E to R Tapajós), S to N Bolivia.

Descriptive notes

33–34 cm; 158 g. Male has bill with variable amount of orange-red, usually at least around base, yellow towards tip (tip sometimes darker); golden-green head, metallic... read more


Song apparently a sequence of 5 melodious notes, “ew ewwo-ewwo-ewwo-ewwo”; call a loud... read more


Middle storey, canopy and sometimes edge of well-drained tall humid lowland terra firme... read more

Food and feeding

Virtually no information; recorded taking fruits. Sometimes joins mixed-species flocks.


In Amazonas, in Feb, apparent nest in hole 9 m up in snag in forest. In area of R Sucusari, Loreto (NE Peru), full-grown chick seen in nest... read more


No information.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Poorly known. Uncommon and perhaps local in Colombia. Uncommon to rare, but shy and perhaps somewhat overlooked, in Peru, e.g. uncommon at Tambopata... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Bonan, A. (2019). Pavonine Quetzal (Pharomachrus pavoninus). 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 19 July 2019).