Slaty-tailed Trogon

Slaty-tailed Trogon

Acrylic on canvas, 27.5x19″


In Panama I first encountered this amazing bird in the Parque Natural Metropolitano, a beautiful green space located northwest of downtown Panama City, connected to the wider protected forests on either side of the Panama Canal.  I live only a few minutes drive away, so is a favorite spot to visit.  I have also seen it at the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center located in Gamboa.  It is found mainly in Central America through to the western extreme of Colombia.

Trogons have strikingly beautiful plumages with iridescent hues, I always challenging to represent effectively on canvas. I painted this one from photos I took of the bird at the Rainforest Discovery Center.  In the background are foliage of the Cecropia tree, one of my favorite rainforest trees to depict in my art.  Cecropias are common in meso-American forests including the Caribbean.

The first scribbles went on the blank canvas in October 2019 and only finished up a full year later!


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