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Elegant Trogon (Trogon elegans) by Sean Graesser

Posted on Nov 23, 2013

This is an Elegant Trogon (Trogon elegans), one of the two Trogon species that can actually occur in the United States. Two years ago we first observed a female at our site in Curu Wildlife Reserve. This species was normally not found this far south on the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica. The next year we caught a male in our nets, the bird pictured. The first time we saw the female we chalked it up to a vagrant that might have gone too far down during a migration in search of a reliable fruit source. But with the male being caught the next year we are trying to figure out if it’s a species that might be expanding its range.  This will be one of the species will be looking into more as we start our third research season in just a week.

Elegant Trogon (Trogan elegans)

Elegant Trogon (Trogan elegans) 2

Elegant Trogon (Trogan elegans) 3