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Green-backed Trogon Male (Trogon viridis)

Asa Wright Nature Centre, Trinidad

June 15, 2012

Green-backed Trogon Male

Nancy took this image on the first full day of a trip led by Brian Rapoza for the Tropical Audubon Society to Trinidad and Tobago.

Green-backed trogons are up to 12" long. They are strongly sexually dimorphic. Females have a gray-brown head and breast. Their tails are similar to the males', but also have gray horizontal bars.

These birds are only found in South America east of the Andes and as far south as southern Brazil, including Trinidad. They are usually the most common trogon in their range. On Trinidad, they are one of three species of trogon represented (see Guianan Trogon and Collared Trogon). Look for them in the upper to middle levels of humid tropical forests, at forest edges, and in lighter woodlands and second growth.

These trogons feed mostly on small fruit, with occasional arthropods. They nest in termite nests or in a hole in a rotten tree. Breeding season is mainly in the summer (June through August). Two or three eggs are incubated up to 17 days, and the chicks fledge two weeks later.

Photographic details: Canon EOS 7D camera w/ EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens set at 400mm. Off-camera flash was used. At ISO 1000, camera was set at 1/500 seconds on shutter priority, resulting in an aperture of f/5.6.

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