Patagonia Lake State Park, 13 January 2010

Trogons are fun. Period!

Elegant Trogon (Trogon elegans)

This particular bird is probably the same one that has been wintering at Patagonia Lake for a number of years now, both in the mesquite bosque just beyond the steps along the Birding Trail, and sometimes in the riparian habitat along Sonoita Creek upstream from the lake. It has apparently become quite accustomed to people, so it can often be seen at close distance! This may be the easiest Elegant Trogon to see in Arizona, other than birds at known nests during the breeding season.

Fun fact from Cornell's "Birds of North America" account:

"Trogon (from the Greek meaning “gnawer”; Gruson 1972) refers to their hooked, dentate bill, used in grasping insects and fruit."

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