from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various colorful tropical or subtropical birds of the family Trogonidae, which includes the quetzal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several species of bird, most of which live in Central and South America, have colorful feathers, and nest in holes in trees.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of numerous species of beautiful tropical birds belonging to the family Trogonidæ. They are noted for the brilliant colors and the resplendent luster of their plumage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of birds, type of the family Trogonidæ, formerly conterminous with the same, subsequently variously restricted.
  • n. [lowercase] Any bird of the genus Trogon in a broad sense, as a curucui or quetzal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. forest bird of warm regions of the New World having brilliant lustrous plumage and long tails


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Greek trōgōn, present participle of trōgein, to gnaw; see terə-1 in Indo-European roots.


  • A trogon was the next, a thickly-feathered soft-looking bird, yoke-toed like a cuckoo, and bearing great resemblance in shape to the nightjar of the English woods, but wonderfully different in plumage; for, whereas the latter is of a soft blending of greys and browns, like the wings of some woodland moths, this trogon's back was of a cinnamon brown, and its breast of a light rosy-scarlet blending off into white crossed with fine dark-pencilled stripes.

    The Rajah of Dah

  • A trogon, its cherry red neck gleaming against a body of emerald green, crawls up the side of a picture frame, followed by a chattering monkey.

    The colorful wood carvings of Cuanajo, Michoacan

  • Other species with an Afromontane distribution include bar-tailed trogon (Apaloderma vittatum), scarce swift (Schoutedenapus myioptilus), orange thrush (Zoothera gurneyi) and African black swift (Apus barbatus sladeniae).

    Angolan montane forest-grassland mosaic

  • Birders plan their vacations around the northern extent of the trogon (Chiricauhuas) or where to see 47 varieties of hummingbirds (Ramsey Canyon).

    mjh's blog — 2006 — February

  • The bird fauna here is very rich, 707 species, and includes species such as Ward's trogon (Harpactes wardi) (table 2).

    Northern Indochina subtropical forests

  • My favorites were the toco toucan, motmot, currasows, Yucatan jay, cinnamon-colored cuckoo, and pileated woodpecker and violaceous trogon (a relative of the resplendent quetzal).

    Studying Nature in Mexico is an Unforgettable Adventure

  • Once more, we wound up in a junglelike forest, where the only thing we saw of note was a gorgeous trogon with a luminous green body and a red throat, a bird so rare that it was the first one Stanton had ever seen, though he'd lived all his life in Africa.

    Shadows in the Bush, Part II: Phil Caputo Hunts African Cape Buffalo in Tanzania

  • The thick-forested mountains delivered the call of the trogon, but no sighting.


  • The beautiful trogon, with bright scarlet breast and black back, uttered a most peculiar note, similar to that we read of as having once been emitted by Memnon, and likened to the tuning of a lyre.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa

  • On the very first day, my hunters obtained for me the elegant yellow and green trogon

    The Malay Archipelago


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  • Isn't it? The full name of one of these is Elegant Trogon, which I think is a very fine name to have.

    It's on two of my lists because the species occurs in North America as well as elsewhere in the world. :-)

    May 12, 2008

  • Is this the best bird name ever? Sounds like a supervillain, a nemesis, a destroyer of worlds!

    n.b. so good reesetee listed it twice!

    May 10, 2008