Answer to Previous (by Andy Bankert): Most people noticed that the tail on this trogon didn’t quite fit for Elegant Trogon (the only regular trogon in the ABA area). Since birds, and field guides, are not limited to the ABA area, we grab a copy of A Guide to the Birds of Mexico by Howell and Webb and flip through pages of tinamous, parrots, euphonias, and woodcreepers before finally arriving at Plate 33 with 9, count them 9!!!, species of quetzals and trogons that regularly occur in Mexico. If you don’t have any field guides for birds outside of the ABA area, then you can either ask for one for your next birthday, or search the World Bird Guide at www.mangoverde.com. Our choices are limited to the red bellied trogons, and we soon find out that the under tail pattern often provides the best field mark for identification. Adult male Mountain Trogons don’t have any barring on the tail, and almost all Elegant Trogons’ tails are mostly white with a few black bars. Collared Trogon seems to be the best fit, because the tail is mostly black with thinner white stripes and small to moderate sized white spots on the tip of each tail feather. This Collared Trogon was photographed in Ecuador in 2007.
A Note from Saraiya: I know I pulled a fast one on you, I promise not to show non-ABA area birds very often ;)
Photo Courtesy of Chris West