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Trogonidae

Trogonidae (trogons; class Aves, order Trogoniformes) A family of medium to large birds which have bright green or brown backs, green, blue, or violet heads and throats, and pink, red, orange, or yellow breasts. They have rounded wings, and most have long, square-ended tails. Pharomacrus mocino (resplendent quetzal) has very elongated upper tail coverts. The 15 species of Trogon, found in Central and S. America, have distinctive black and white markings on the underside of the tail. Trogons’ bills are broad, with a curved culmen. Their legs are short, with the first and second toes directed backwards. They are arboreal, inhabit forests and clearings, and feed on insects and fruit, fluttering in front of a leaf to pick off food. They nest in tree cavities and holes in termite nests. There are eight genera, with 37 species, found in Africa, Asia, and Central and S. America. The 11 species of Harpactes, found in India, China, south-east Asia, and Indonesia, are the only oriental representatives.

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trogon

trogon (trō´gŏn), family of tropical jungle birds related to the roadrunners and including the quetzal. Trogons are sedentary arboreal birds, 10 to 14 in. (25.4–35.6 cm) long, with short rounded wings, long squared tails, and small weak legs. Their soft, colorful plumage—metallic green or brown above with red, green, blue, or yellow on the head, breast, and belly—blends with the shadowy light of the jungle. Their cooing, ventriloquial call resembles that of the peacock. Trogons feed on insects and fruits and nest in cavities. The coppery-tailed trogon ranges into the S United States. Trogons are classified in the phylum Chordata, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Trogoniformes, family Trogonidae.

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trogon

trogon Brilliantly coloured bird of dark tropical forests in America, Africa and Asia. Trogons nest in holes in trees and feed on fruit and some insect larvae. Length: about 30cm (12in). Family Trogonidae; typical genus Trogon.

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Trogoniformes

Trogoniformes (trogons; class Aves) An order that comprises the single family Trogonidae.

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resplendent quetzal

resplendent quetzal (Pharomacrus mocino) See TROGONIDAE.

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Trogon

Trogon (trogons) See TROGONIDAE.

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trogons See TROGONIDAE.

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