Family Trogons (Trogonidae)

Near Threatened

Cinnamon-rumped Trogon (Harpactes orrhophaeus)


French: Trogon cannelle German: Zimtbürzeltrogon Spanish: Trogón canela

Pyrotrogon orrhophaeus

Cabanis and Heine

, 1863,

Malacca, West Malaysia


This species and H. duvaucelii have sometimes been placed in separate genus, Duvaucelius. Species name sometimes misspelt as orrophaeus. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • H. o. orrhophaeus (Cabanis & Heine, 1863) – peninsular Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia and Sumatra.
  • H. o. vidua Ogilvie-Grant, 1892 – N & C Borneo.
  • Descriptive notes

    25 cm; 45–61 g. Male of nominate race has black hood, blue bill, eyebrow and narrow orbital ring, pale brown upperparts and uppertail; pinkish-red underparts; undertail... read more


    Song 3–4 falling “ta-aup” notes; harsh explosive “purrr”.


    Middle and lower storeys of forest in the lowlands and hills, to 180 m in Peninsular Malaysia and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Stick-insects and leaf-insects recorded in stomachs. Still-hunts in fairly dense understorey, 2–3 m up. Has been seen in a mixed-... read more


    Mar–Apr and Jun in Peninsular Malaysia; in Borneo, male and female in breeding condition in Mar. Nest in cavity 1–1·5 m up in... read more


    Apparently sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Rare and local resident in peninsular Thailand, where now threatened by habitat loss and known from only three... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. (2019). Cinnamon-rumped Trogon (Harpactes orrhophaeus). 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 17 July 2019).