Mountain Trogon

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Mountain Trogon
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Trogoniformes
Family: Trogonidae
Genus: Trogon
Species: T. mexicanus
Binomial name
Trogon mexicanus
Swainson, 1827

The Mountain Trogon (Trogon mexicanus) is a species of bird in the family Trogonidae. It breeds in Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. In El Salvador, it is only present as a vagrant: its only local breeding population is in the Cordillera Nahuaterique, which was ceded to Honduras in 1992 (see also Football War).[2]

Its natural habitat is subtropical and tropical moist montane forests. It prefers pine-evergreen and pine-oak woodland between 1,200 and 3,500 meters above sea level, occasionally lower,[3] or between 4,000 feet and 10,000 feet.[4] Unlike some rarer trogons, this species shows some adapability to human land use and has utilized coffee plantations with suitable shade trees like oaks.[2]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Trogon mexicanus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Herrera et al. (2006)
  3. ^ Howell & Webb (1995)
  4. ^ Peterson & Chalif (1973). But Herrera et al. (2006) give a lower altitude range, citing Monroe 1968[verification needed]


  • Herrera, Néstor; Rivera, Roberto; Ibarra Portillo, Ricardo & Rodríguez, Wilfredo (2006): Nuevos registros para la avifauna de El Salvador. ["New records for the avifauna of El Salvador"]. Boletín de la Sociedad Antioqueña de Ornitología 16(2): 1-19. [Spanish with English abstract] PDF fulltext
  • Howell, Steven N. G. & Webb, Sophie (1995): A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America. Oxford University Press, Oxford & New York. ISBN 0-19-854012-4
  • Monroe, B. L. (1968). A distributional survey of the birds of Honduras. Ornithological Monographs 36: 1–458
  • Peterson, Roger Tory & Chalif, Edward L. (1973): A Field Guide to Mexican Birds: Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Houghton Mifflin, New York. ISBN 0-395-97514-X