Trogon personatus (*)
Trogon personatus Gould, 1842
Annals and Magazine of Natural History (1) 9 p.237
The Masked Trogon (Trogon personatus) is a species of bird in the Trogonidae family. It is fairly common in humid highland forests in South America, mainly the Andes and tepuis.
There are eight recognized subspecies of Masked Trogon:
* T. p. assimilis is found in the subtropics of the west Andean slope in Ecuador.
The last of these has sometimes been considered a separate species, the Highland Trogon (Trogon temperatus).
The Masked Trogon is a mid-sized trogon, averaging 27 centimetres (11 in) in length and 56 grams (2.0 oz) in mass. Like all trogons, it displays sexual dimorphism. The upperparts, head and upper chest of the male are variously glossy green, reddish-bronze or golden-green (depending on the subspecies). The belly and lower breast are red; the latter separated from the greenish upper chest by a narrow white band. The male has a distinct eye-ring, which is red in most subspecies, but tending towards orange in the subspecies from the tepuis. The female is brown above, with a pinkish to red belly and breast; the white band separating brown and red on her underside is often either narrow or obscured. Females of all subspecies have a partial white eye-ring.
Like all trogons, the Masked Trogon feeds on both fruits and insects.
The Masked Trogon excavates a cavity nest in the soft wood of a rotting vertical tree trunk.
1. ^ BirdLife International (2004). Trogon personatus. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. www.iucnredlist.org. Retrieved on 2007-12-06.
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