Scarlet-rumped Trogon (Harpactes duvaucelii)

Scarlet-rumped Trogon

[order] TROGONIFORMES | [family] Trogonidae | [latin] Harpactes duvaucelii | [authority] Temminck, 1824 | [UK] Scarlet-rumped Trogon | [FR] Couroucou de Duvaucel | [DE] Rotburzel-Trogon | [ES] Trogon Culirrojo | [NL] Roodrugtrogon


Genus Species subspecies Region Range
Harpactes duvaucelii OR Malay Peninsula,Sumatra, Borneo


The trogons are split into three subfamilies, each reflecting one of these splits, Aplodermatinae is the African subfamily and contains a single genus, Apaloderma; Harpactinae is the Asian subfamily and contains two genera, Harpactes and Apalharpactes. Apalharpactes, consisting of two species in the Java and Sumatra, has only recently been accepted as a separate genus from Harpactes. Harpactes is a genus of birds found in forests in South and Southeast Asia, extending into southernmost China. They are strongly sexually dimorphic, with females generally being duller than males. The two members of the genus Apalharpactes are sometimes included in Harpactes.

Physical charateristics

Male with black hood, blue bill, an eyebrow and eyering. Pale brown upperparts; Rump, uppertail and underparts scarlet. Undertail is white with black border.
Females have a dull brown head and throat. brownish chest and pink rump with reddish-pink belly. Uppertails pinkish,

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Oriental Region : Malay Peninsula,Sumatra, Borneo. Harpactes duvaucelii occurs in the Sundaic lowlands, from south Tenasserim, Myanmar, peninsular Thailand, Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Kalimantan and Sumatra, Indonesia and Brunei, where it is generally abundant in appropriate forest habitats. It breeds in lowlands from southeastern Mexico south through Central America, to Colombia, and a small region of northwestern Ecuador.


This species is found in lowland primary and logged forests (including swamp forest, although there are no records from peatswamp) to 1065m


Builds nest in cavity of rotten stump, few meters up. Clutch size is 2 eggs.

Feeding habits

Primarily insects like bugs, bettles and caterpillars. Sallies on edge of forest clearances for prey.

Video Scarlet-rumped Trogon


copyright: Anthony Laven


This species is largely limited to closed-canopy lowland forest in a region experiencing rapid and continuing deforestation. Although it remains abundant within suitable habitats across its large range, tt is likely to be experiencing moderately rapid population declines, and is therefore considered Near Threatened.
Rates of forest loss in the Sundaic lowlands have been extremely rapid, owing partly to the escalation of illegal logging and land conversion, with deliberate targeting of all remaining stands of valuable timber including those inside protected areas. Forest fires have also had a damaging effect (particularly in 1997-1998). Although apparently intolerant of disturbance to canopy cover, the large range and high abundance of this species suggests that it is not imminently threathened
Scarlet-rumped Trogon status Near Threatened


Presumed sedentary

Distribution map

Scarlet-rumped Trogon distribution range map

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