Wards Trogon (Harpactes wardi)

Wards Trogon

[order] TROGONIFORMES | [family] Trogonidae | [latin] Harpactes wardi | [authority] Kinnear, 1927 | [UK] Wards Trogon | [FR] Couroucou a ventre rose | [DE] Rosenschwanz-Trogon | [ES] Trogon de Ward | [NL] Wards Trogon


Monotypic species


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

Head, breast and upperparts maroon-slate colored. Reddish forehead and eyestripe. Deep pink bill and pale blue eye ring. Rest of the body slaty in color. The female has yellow bill with black culmen. Body maroon areas are replaced with dark olive and pink areas.

Listen to the sound of Wards Trogon

[audio:http://www.planetofbirds.com/MASTER/TROGONIFORMES/Trogonidae/sounds/Wards Trogon.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

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Oriental Region : Northeast India to North Vietnam. Harpactes wardi is known from the eastern Himalayas in China (three collected in north-west Yunnan, 1973), Bhutan (uncommon and local, although recorded regularly in recent years), India (small numbers seen recently in Arunachal Pradesh, where it is apparently local and rare), Myanmar (formerly locally common in north, but no recent records and thought to be generally uncommon) and Vietnam


This species is found in the lower storey, undergrowth and bamboo of tall broadleaved evergreen forest between 1500 and 3200 m, perhaps moving downslope during the cold season to c.1220m in some areas.


No data.

Feeding habits

Mostly large insects like moths and grasshoppers. Also seeds and berries.

Video Wards Trogon


copyright: Martin Kennewell


This species is considered Near Threatened as it is sparsely distributed within a moderately small and patchy range, and is likely to be declining moderately rapidly owing to habitat loss.
This species is threatened by forest clearance and degradation in much of its range, particularly through subsistence logging and shifting cultivation. It is also probably susceptible to hunting, at least in South-East Asia
Wards Trogon status Near Threatened


Descends to lower levels in the non-breeding/wintering season.

Distribution map

Wards Trogon distribution range map

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