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( Originally Published 1894 )
The Trogons are among the most gorgeous of living birds; the brilliance of their plumage defy ing verbal description. Their main colour is " a metallic golden green, boldly contrasted with scarlet, black, and brown." "The Resplendent Trogon," says Mr. Wood, "is the most gorgeous of all this gorgeous family. Its long and gracefully curved tail is nearly three feet long, and the whole of the upper surface, and the throat, are a glowing green; the breast and under parts are bright crimson; the middle feathers of the tail black, and the outer feathers white. "These birds are natives of Mexico.