Family Trogons (Trogonidae)

Least Concern

Orange-breasted Trogon (Harpactes oreskios)


French: Trogon à poitrine jaune German: Orangebrusttrogon Spanish: Trogón pechinaranja

Trogon oreskios


, 1823,



Form stellae sometimes regarded as indistinguishable from uniformis and therefore synonymized with it. Five subspecies tentatively recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • H. o. stellae Deignan, 1941 – S China (S Yunnan) and Myanmar to Indochina.
  • H. o. uniformis (Robinson, 1917) – S Thailand and Malay Peninsula (except extreme S) to Sumatra.
  • H. o. nias Meyer de Schauensee & Ripley, 1940 – Nias I (off NW Sumatra).
  • H. o. oreskios (Temminck, 1823) – Java.
  • H. o. dulitensis Ogilvie-Grant, 1892 – CN Borneo.
  • Descriptive notes

    25–31 cm; 49–57 g. Male nominate race with dull olive-yellowish head with blue orbital ring, rufous-chestnut upperparts and uppertail with paler rump, bold broad... read more


    A phrase of 3–4 even-pitched notes, “tau-tau-tau”, with introduction of 1–3... read more


    Inhabits mid-stratum and lower canopy of primary semi-evergreen and lowland and lower montane... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet includes Orthoptera, cicadas, bugs, beetles (including Tenebrionidae), ants, stick-­insects and their larvae, caterpillars; also... read more


    Feb–Apr in Myanmar, Jan–Mar in Thailand; Jan–May in Peninsular Malaysia, where half-grown bird seen in Feb on Langkawi;... read more


    Apparently sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Rare in Yunnan; in Myanmar, common in Tenasserim but scarcer elsewhere; common in Thailand, including in Doi Suthep-Pui National Park... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & de Juana, E. (2020). Orange-breasted Trogon (Harpactes oreskios). 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 18 February 2020).