High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The trogons and
quetzals are birds in the order Trogoniformes which contains only
one family, the Trogonidae. The family contains 39 species in eight
genera. The fossil record of the trogons dates back 49 million
years to the mid-Eocene. They might constitute a member of the
basal radiation of the order Coraciiformes. The word "trogon" is
Greek for "nibbling" and refers to the fact that these birds gnaw
holes in trees to make their nests. Trogons are residents of
tropical forests worldwide, with the greatest diversity in the
Neotropics. The genus Apaloderma contains the three African
species, Harpactes and Apalharpactes are Asian, and the remaining
four genera are found in Central and South America.
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