Unsorted Wild Birds

Malabar Trogons



The Malabar Trogons, Harpactes fasciatus, is a near passerine bird in the trogon family, Trogonidae.


Distribution / Range

It is mostly restricted to Sri Lanka and western India. A few small pockets of distribution exist in the Eastern Ghats and Central India.


Nesting / Breeding

It is a resident of dense tropical forests, where it nests in a hollow in a tree stump, with a typical clutch of 2-4 eggs.


Diet / Feeding

Malabar Trogons feed on insects and fruit, and their broad bills and weak legs reflect their diet and arboreal habits.



Although their flight is fast, they are reluctant to fly any distance. They typically perch upright.

Trogons show sexual dimorphism (visual physical differences between the sexes) with the male being more brilliantly colored. The plumage is soft. This species is about 31cm long.

The head and breast of the male are black in the Indian race H. f. malabaricus, and dark grey in the Sri Lankan H. f. fasciatus. A white line separates these dark areas from the pink underparts. The back and tail are cinnamon, and the wings are blackish grey.

The female is largely cinnamon, with a darker shade on her head and breast. The wings are brown.


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