Reader photos of Elegant Trogon show how to tell females from males


Female Elegant Trogon

Female Elegant Trogon

The female Elegant Trogon’s head and upperparts are grayish brown, not black or green, as on the male, and a bold white bar passes behind each eye. A small white mark appears in front of the female’s eye as well. The female's most distinguishing field mark, however, is the color of the belly: On the male it is bright red, while on the female, shown above, it is whitish. This trogon was at Huachuca Canyon on Fort Huachuca, in southeastern Arizona. captbub photographed her in April of 2015 at Huachuca Canyon on Fort Huachuca, Arizona.


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