In my imagination these birds are huge — the size of crows — but they’re really only as big as American robins. Their bulky necks, long tails and upright posture make them look big in photographs. The male’s red breast and deep voice add to the illusion.
Elegant trogons range from southeastern Arizona through Mexico to Costa Rica where they live in deciduous forests and nest in natural cavities in sycamores or unused woodpecker holes. They leave Arizona for the winter(*) but are still present in July … which is why I’m here.
If I’m lucky enough to see this Life Bird I’ll let you know if he “shrank” to his normal size. 😉
(photo from Wikimedia Commons. Click on the photo to see the original)
(*) I heard yesterday that because of warmer winters at least one pair of elegant trogons now stays in the area year-round.
p.s. On July 31 in Huachuca Canyon I saw four elegant trogons. Wow!