14 April 2014
I have to admit that it is pretty special to be eating breakfast on the little deck of our quarters and have an Elegant Trogon land in a nearby tree.
This is an endemic species to western Mexico. It is the only yellow-bellied trogon in this area, but can also be separated from the other yellow-bellied trogons of Mexico because this species has yellow eyes. We saw and/or heard at least 20 of these birds while we were in thorn forest habitat today, but they can be very tough to photograph, so all you get is one very poor image.
The trogons and quetzals are birds in the order Trogoniformes which contains only one family, the Trogonidae. The family contains 39 species in seven genera. The fossil record of the trogons dates back 49 million years to the mid-Eocene. They might constitute a member of the basal radiation of the order Coraciiformes or closely related to mousebirds and owls. The word "trogon" is Greek for "nibbling" and refers to the fact that these birds gnaw holes...