Trogoniformes – Trogons & quetzals
The word ‘trogon’ in Greek means ‘nibbling’, something these birds do to trees, making holes in them to use as their nests
Members of this order are brightly colored arboreal (living in trees) birds found in tropical forests worldwide.
They are brightly colored and compact with rounded wings, small, weak feet, and extremely soft plumage. They are sexually dimorphic, which means the males and females of the same species have different plumage colors and patterns. Trogons have loud, melodious calls used for territories and mating. The Quetzals have slightly more complex calls.
Species from this order are vulnerable to deforestation as they are highly selective about where they build their nests.