Family Trogons (Trogonidae)

Least Concern

Malabar Trogon (Harpactes fasciatus)


French: Trogon de Malabar German: Malabartrogon Spanish: Trogón malabar

Trogon fasciatus


, 1769,

Sri Lanka


Race legerli intergrades with malabaricus and is sometimes synonymized with it. Proposed race parvus (N Sri Lanka) included in nominate. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • H. f. legerli Koelz, 1939 – NW peninsular India (N end of Western Ghats in SE Gujarat and SW Madhya Pradesh).
  • H. f. malabaricus (Gould, 1834) – W & E peninsular India in Western and Eastern Ghats.
  • H. f. fasciatus (Pennant, 1769) – Sri Lanka.
  • Descriptive notes

    29–30 cm; 62–64 g. Similar to allopatric H. kasumba, but lacks red nape of latter species and has broader white breastline, while female has more visible... read more


    A throaty, musical “cue-cue-cue-...”, like an oriole (Oriolus), with slight... read more


    Middle storey of dense primary and secondary broadleaf evergreen, semi-evergreen and moist... read more

    Food and feeding

    Caterpillars, moths, beetles, grasshoppers, cicadas, bugs, stick-insects and other insects; also leaves and berries. Crepuscular, hunting... read more


    Feb–Jun in peninsular India, or Mar–May in Sri Lanka. Nest an unlined natural hollow (but sometimes partially excavated by the... read more


    Chiefly resident, although in W India considered a local cold-season immigrant (Nov–Mar)... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Locally frequent in India, though generally uncommon and has probably declined in Gujarat, where known from Purna Wildlife Sanctuary and Vansda... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Malabar Trogon (Harpactes fasciatus). 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 24 July 2019).