Ian’s Bird of the Week – Violaceous Trogon ~ by Ian Montgomery
Newsletter – 11/17/10
When the Resplendent Quetzal featured as bird of the week in October, I mentioned that Quetzals are members of the Trogon family, the Trogonidae. So they belong to a splendid lineage as typical Trogons are quite gorgeous in their own right and among my favourite birds. Here is the Violaceous Trogon, also from the Costa Rican trip, though it has a wide range in Central and South America (I have also photographed it in Trinidad).
Despite their rich colours, Trogons can be hard to spot as they tend to sit fairly motionless in leafy trees in tropical rainforest, occurring in both the New and the Old Worlds. They have distinctive repeated calls that reveal their presence, but hearing one in thick forest is no guarantee of being able to see it. They sit tight, so if you do find them they are fairly approachable but you have to be lucky to find one in clear view.
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Thanks again for another informative article and photos, Ian. Dan and I were able to see a White-tailed Trogon at the National Aviary. They are very colorful like Ian said. They belong to the Trogonidae Family of the Trogoniformes Order. There are 42 species in the family.
Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his sons, because he was the son of his old age. And he made him a robe of many colors.
(Genesis 37:3 ESV)