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Belize Photo of the Day: The Slaty-tailed Trogon

24 December 2011 One Comment

Slaty-tailed Trogon bird

Today’s Belize Photo of the day is the Slaty-tailed Trogon and it’s scientifically known as the Trogan Massena. These magnificent and colorful birds range from Central Veracruz and Central Yucatan Peninsula, to Northern South America. In Belize, it is fairly a resident of Northern Stann Creek, Northern Central Cayo, and also in the Western and Central Orange Walk district.

The Female-tailed Trogon or Trogon Massena, is a very common resident at the Chaa Creek’s Nature Reserve where it lives amongst numerous other species of birds. Our experienced naturalist guides can easily help anyone spot these species and it is definitely something to enjoy if you ever visit our lodge.

Its habitat is mid-levels to sub-canopy in primary and secondary forests and their diet usually consists of mainly fruits found in their surroundings as well as insects. The Slaty-tailed Trogon is usually about 25-30 cm long and is close relative of the Resplendent Quetzal.

Photo submitted by Naturalist Guide: Hilberto Tut

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