White-tailed trogons are medium-sized, stout-bodied, perching birds with short necks, prominent eyes, and large square-tipped tails.
Their feet and legs are disproportionately small and often hidden by the feathers of their stomachs.
Coloration is predominately black, yellow, and white, with the males more brilliantly colored than the females.
Male trogons have a metallic green and blue wash over black feathers, and the underside of their tails is mostly white with a few black blotches.
The underside of females’ tails is barred with black and white.
In the wild, the trogon's diet is primarily fruit and insects. At the Aquarium, trogons feed on a variety of fruits, berries, vegetables, and insects, as well as commercial soft-bill bird pellets.
Males and females are similar in size, about 11–12 inches, including the tail.
These trogons range from Panama to northern Bolivia east of the Andes, including most of Brazil. They are found in a variety of habitats, including deciduous, rain and second-growth forests, clearings, and along waterways.
White-tailed trogons are thought to be relatively common throughout their range.
Birds of prey and snakes are the trogon's primary predators. Fledgling (young) birds are particularly vulnerable to predation because they spend most of their time on low branches or on the ground.
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