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2. Elegant Trogon Surveys of Sky Islands in Southeast Arizona

2022 Elegant Trogon Volunteer Surveys – Surveyor Info

Elegant Trogon male by Julio Mulero

Elegant Trogon male by Julio Mulero

There is an abundance of evidence, both anecdotal and scientific, that the ecological influence of tropical Mexico has grown over the last century in Southeastern Arizona. Mammals such as Javalina and White-nosed Coati have both extended their range out the tropics into southern Arizona as part of this larger ecological system expansion. The expansion continues even today with the birding community noting the recent increase in prevalence of Gray Hawks and rarities in general including the recent first ever US nesting record of Tufted Flycatcher this past spring. Elegant Trogons are also part of this story with their United States range expanding over the last century which can be tracked with mainly anecdotal evidence and isolated incidents of collecting.  To further our understanding of how many Elegant Trogons there are in the US organized surveys have been ongoing in the Chiricahuas and Huachucas led by Rick Taylor for many years and beginning in 2013 Jennie MacFarland and Tucson Audubon assisted Rick and helped expand the surveys to three more ranges. The new areas we have surveyed since 2013 are the Atascosa Highlands, Santa Rita Mountains and Patagonia Mountains.

2022 Elegant Trogon Survey Dates

Elegant Trogon pair by Budgora

Elegant Trogon pair by Budgor

  • Saturday May 14 – Atascosas (near Nogales)
  • Saturday May 21 – Patagonias (near Patagonia)
  • Sunday May 22 – Santa Ritas (near Green Valley)
  • Saturday May 28 – Huachucas (near Sierra Vista)
  • Sunday May 29 – Chiricahuas (near Portal)

Sign up for an Elegant Trogon volunteer survey at this link

Surveyor Resources

Here is a link to a pdf called “Call info for Elegant Trogons” – this is from Rick Taylor’s book and is a really nice description of the different types of sounds etc. that trogons make and why. Definitely worth reading.

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Audio Files of different calls made by Elegant Trogons as described in the pdf above. To save these mp3 audio files just right click on the link and select “Save Link As” and you can then save it as a mp3

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Identification, tips on how to find an Elegant Trogon and other information about these birds from Cornell can be found here

Information for Specific Surveys – Separate pages for each mountain range with information and data forms for 2021 

Atascosa Mountains – west of Nogales – Saturday May 14, 2022 – Click here for more information

Patagonia Mountains – near Patagonia – Saturday May 21, 2022 – Click here for more information

Santa Rita Mountains – near Green Valley – Sunday May 22, 2022 – Click here for more information

Huachuca Mountains – near Sierra Vista – Saturday May 28, 2022 – Click here for more information

Chiricahua Mountains – near Portal – Sunday May 29, 2022 – Click here for more information

A note about doing the AZ IBA Elegant Trogon Spring Surveys

These surveys are an all morning commitment and could be more depending on how far away you live. The survey areas are all located in SE Arizona. There is a chance you will see an Elegant Trogon but it is certainly not guaranteed. This is a survey and it is important that areas get checked where a trogon could be even if it is not the most likely location. Many routes require hiking but we always have a few that are suitable for those not comfortable hiking. Let us know if you need one of these routes. This is important conservation work – thank you for signing up! If you need more information please call Jennie at (520) 209-1804

What to Expect on an Elegant Trogon Survey

Results from Previous Surveys Below

Elegant Trogon Survey Results – 2021

Total Elegant Trogons counted in AZ during 2021 survey = 68 Map of Results for 2021 can be seen here See Fun photos taken by surveyors during the 2021 Elegant Trogon Surveys of SE Arizona Information about this annual survey effort here Video of 2020 on-line surveyor gathering can be watched here – results of survey also …

Elegant Trogon Survey Results – 2020

Total Elegant Trogons counted in AZ during 2020 survey = 201 **Note** eBird reports outside of survey dates and routes indicate there could be as many as 31 additional Elegant Trogons (8 pairs, 8 males and 7 unknown sex) in Southeast Arizona in 2020 Click here to see map of 2020 Elegant Trogon Results  See Fun Photos …

Elegant Trogon Survey Results – 2019

Total Elegant Trogons counted in AZ during 2019 survey = 166 Click here to see map of 2019 Elegant Trogon Results  Atascosa Mountains –7 pairs, 8 males, 1 unknown = 23 total Elegant Trogons Walker Canyon – 2 pairs, 2 males, 1 unknown Pena Blanca Canyon – 2 pairs, 2 males Upper Sycamore – 2 pairs …

Elegant Trogon in Corral Canyon Patagonia Mountains by Laurens Halsey May 2014

Elegant Trogon Survey Results 2018

See an interactive map of all results on a Google MyMaps Here! Go Here to see 2017 results. Total Elegant Trogons counted in AZ during 2018 survey period: 183 Results by Range and Route for 2018 Atascosa Mountains: 2 Pairs, 12 Males, 1 Female, 2 Unknowns = total of 19 Elegant Trogons. Walker Canyon: 1 …

Elegant Trogon male by Julio Mulero

Elegant Trogon Survey Results 2017

2017 Elegant Trogon Data Total Elegant Trogons counted in AZ during 2017 survey = 160 Elegant Trogon Survey Results by each mountain range Atascosa Mountains –8 pairs, 16 males, 1 female = 33 total Elegant Trogons Walker Canyon – 2 pairs, 2 males Pena Blanca Canyon – 3 pairs, 3 males Upper Sycamore – 2 …