Green-Backed Trogon

Trogon Viridis

Scientific Name

Green-Backed Trogon:  
Trogon Viridis

Distribution and Habitat

Geographic Range

White-Tailed Trogons are found in the Amazon and Orinoco basins, also in E. Panama, Ecuador, Columbia and Brazil.

Natural Habitat

White-Tailed Trogon inhabits a variety of forest and woodland habitats.

Physical Characteristics

  • White-Tailed Trogons are a relatively large sized bird. They are about 11 inches long and weigh a half-pound. Trogons have distinctive male and female plumage, with soft, colorful feathers. The head and upper breast of the male are dark blue; his back is green and bluer on the rump. The wings are black with thin white lines. The female is grey and blacker on the tail but still has a yellow belly, like the male. The complete eye-ring is pale blue.

Quick Facts

  1. White-Tailed Trogons are very noticeable with their yellow breast and blue eye-ring.

  2. Their song, which consists of soft, melodious notes, serves to distinguish it from other trogons.

  3. White-Tailed Trogons’ nests are built in termite mounds or holes in rotting trees.


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Conservation Status

Least Concern: The Green-Backed Trogon is common or abundant and is likely to survive in the wild.

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White-Tailed Trogons feed on insects and small fruit, and their broad bills and weak legs reflect their diet and arboreal habits. Occasionally they will catch a lizard on the ground.