Neotropical Birds
Version  1.0
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Black-headed Trogon Trogon melanocephalus

C. Riehl
Version: 1.0 — Published April 20, 2012


Least Concern (IUCN Red List, 2009). The justification for this listing is that the Black-headed Trogon has a large range extending over seven countries (Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica) and there is no evidence for population declines. This species is more flexible in its habitat requirements than other trogons, tolerating degraded forests and human-managed landscapes (pastures, farmland, plantations).

Effects of human activity on populations

Not documented. In tropical dry forest in Quintana Roo, Mexico, Lynch (1991) found that numbers of Black-headed Trogons did not decline significantly following Hurricane Gilbert in 1988; however, wildfires fueled by hurricane debris did cause a decline in trogon numbers in the year following the fires.

Recommended Citation

Riehl, C. (2012). Black-headed Trogon (Trogon melanocephalus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.blhtro1.01
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