Will ya look at that bad boy. Total fave. There is something about the Violaceous Trogon that I just love. Maybe it’s all that yellow. I didn’t go to Panama with any target birds in mind. But once I got an eye-full of this guy, I wanted to see more and more Trogons. When I spotted him, he had a giant caterpillar in his beak and was thrashing it for all he was worth until the outside skin slipped off and he swallowed what was left. gulp. It was really gross. I have pictures, trust me, yucky.
She is a Slaty-tailed Trogon and much bigger than the Violaceous. Slaties are in the 12-13 inch range, while the Violaceous is only about 9 1/2. Notice the dark undertail. Lovely, but not a fave. The red/orange eye ring makes her look like she has been up all night.
This is a Black-throated Trogon. Blue eye-ring, yellow front, cute perky yellow bill, about the same size as the Violaceous.
I saw all of these on trips from the Canopy Tower. Need the Orange-bellied? Then go on a Mesa trip from the Canopy Lodge.
I have seen Collared Trogons and of course, the Resplendent Quetzal in Costa Rica and a Surucua Trogon in Brazil. Violaceous wins hands down for me. Which ones have you seen? What is your fave?