The Slaty-tailed Trogon is an common trogon in Costa Rica. The male Slaty-tailed Trogon has a green head, back, and throat, orange bill, and red underparts with a dark gray tail; the female is dull gray throughout except for a red belly. The diagnostic characteristic for this species in the country is the unpatterned dark-gray tail. 

In Costa Rica it can be find in both slopes, in lowlands and foothills, where it is more frequently spot in the canopy and middle levels of mature wet forest, occasionally visits forest edges and gardens.

It feeds on fruit and invertebrates, as well it has been reported taking small vertebretes like lizards.. Many times this bird follow troops of White-faced Monkey and groups of other birds, in order to take the insects that try scape. 

The species is often detected by its voice, a series of deep croaks, as it frequently called from tall trees. 

The nest of Slaty-tailed Trogon as all Costa Rican trogons is in a cavity, usually a decaying tree trunk or an active termite nest. Both male and female work on making the hole as well as taking care of the nestling. 

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