Family Trogons (Trogonidae)

Least Concern

Bare-cheeked Trogon (Apaloderma aequatoriale)


French: Trogon à joues jaunes German: Gelbwangentrogon Spanish: Trogón carigualdo

Hapaloderma æquatoriale


, 1901,

Efulen, Cameroon


Recent molecular data suggest that this species and A. narina are sister-taxa#R. Monotypic.


SE Nigeria, Cameroon, SW Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo and DRCongo (E to Uele District and S to Kasai).

Descriptive notes

28–31 cm. Male has ­whitish to green bill with yellow base; head to mid-breast and entire upperparts green with blue and golden gloss; yellowish bare facial patch;... read more


Song clearly differs from A. narina: a melancholy descending series of 6–8 pained,... read more


Primary lowland rainforest, closed-canopy swamp-forest, low-lying liana-rich floodforest, and... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, mostly large green caterpillars (some hairy), beetles, moths, mantises, and Orthoptera (bush-crickets); also soft-shelled snails... read more


Jan in S Cameroon; in Gabon in Jan–Feb and Nov, and nest disputes in Aug (thus in wet and dry seasons), suggesting no fixed season;... read more


Resident; possibly some vagrancy in Dec in Congo.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Few records from Nigera, where recorded solely from Cross River National Park, Oban Division, in Nov 1971, Apr 1988 and Dec 1997. Fairly common in... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Bare-cheeked Trogon (Apaloderma aequatoriale). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 23 July 2019).