Baird's trogon

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Baird's trogon
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Trogoniformes
Family: Trogonidae
Genus: Trogon
Species: T. bairdii
Binomial name
Trogon bairdii
Lawrence, 1868

Baird's trogon (Trogon bairdii) is a species of bird belonging to the family Trogonidae. This bird was named after Spencer Fullerton Baird, a 19th-century naturalist.

Description[edit]

As with other trogons, these birds have stout bills and long tails. Baird's trogon is distinguished by a red breast. The head and back are black, while the tail is black and white. The bill is light colored and there is a blue ring around the eye.[2]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

Baird's trogon is found in Costa Rica and far western Panama where its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

They are found in the canopy level of tall rainforests up to 1200 m elevation where they feed on native fruits and hunt for insects and other small prey. They breed from April to August and build their nests in the decaying trunks of dead trees where they lay 2-3 eggs. Incubation takes 16–17 days and fledging takes about 25 days.[3]

It is threatened by habitat loss due to deforestation for timber and agriculture and its current status is near threatened.

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