Orange-Breasted Trogon


This is my first time seeing this trogon and able to photograph it.  This looks like a juvenile.

Orange-breasted trogons generally have an olive-yellow head with feathers that are bristled and upright, chestnut upperparts, orange breast that changes to bright yellow on upper and lower portions, white bars on wing sections, and a blue bill. Males have a dull olive-yellowish head with a blue ring; rufous (reddish brown) upperparts and upper tail with paler rump (lower part of back); broad white bars on wing sections; and yellow (grey-based) upper breast with some white along the mid-line. Females have additional grey-brown on head and upperparts; pale buffy-brown rump, grey breast; and yellow lower underparts. Juveniles are similar to females, with young males having warmer brown upperparts.

Diard’s Trogon (male and Female)


Using Canon 7D, 800mm Lens, ISO1000, 1/25, Av, f8.0

Taken on 01SEP2011, at RDC, Sepilok, Sandakan. This male Daird’s trogon was photographed after a morning rain at about 7:30am. It was seen sitting quietly upright on a shaded forest branch. What so special about this bird is that it’s head can turn almost 180 degree. When perching with its back facing you, its head can turn to its back and sees you.  So, when we want to approach it, we need to observe it’s head whether it’s head is facing you.

The male trogon is more colorful and brighter than the female.  This species has a similar plumage as the Red-naped Trogon.  Diard’s underside of tail is speckled white, and not plain white like Red-naped Trogon or other trogons.

Below is a photo of the female Daird’s trogon.

Using Canon 7D, 800mm Lens, ISO1250, 1/100, f8.0

Trogons feed on insects like moods and others, and occasonally fruit by hunting through leaves or flying from a perch to snatch an insect in mid-air. Often seen in pairs and respond well to tape playback.  Nest in holes excavated in rotten tree stumps.