Hcda. San Pedro. 19 km al sur de Santo Domingo de Los Tsachilas. Prov. Santo Domingo de Los Tsachilas. ECUADOR
Pair feeding young in nest in dead maple tree. At higher elevation than expected (6565') for this species.
Trogon violaceus macho, visto durante el recorrido en el transecto.
Trogon violaceus hembra
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...