Family Trogons (Trogonidae)

Near Threatened

Scarlet-rumped Trogon (Harpactes duvaucelii)


French: Trogon de Duvaucel German: Rotbürzeltrogon Spanish: Trogón culirrojo

Trogon duvaucelii


, 1824,



This species and H. orrhophaeus have sometimes been separated in genus Duvaucelius. Monotypic.


S Myanmar (S Tenasserim), S Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Riau Archipelago, Sumatra, Batu Is, Bangka, Belitung, and Borneo (including Natuna Is).

Descriptive notes

23–24 cm; 34–43 g. Male has black hood with blue bill, eyebrow and narrow orbital ring; rich buff to yellowish-brown upperparts and uppertail, scarlet rump,... read more


Call a very soft, rapid cadence of c. 12 notes, “yau-yau-yau...”, accelerating,... read more


Chiefly middle but also lower storeys and borders of semi-evergreen and evergreen forest, including... read more

Food and feeding

Green Orthoptera, stick-insects, bugs, beetles, moths and caterpillars (in one case a nymphalid). Several observations of bird on edge of a... read more


Feb–Jun; Mar and May in Peninsular Malaysia. Only documented nest was 1·6 m up in a rotten stump 2·5 m tall. Eggs 2. No further... read more


No evidence of movements; suggestion of local migrations in Bahau area of Borneo was based on... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Generally uncommon and now threatened by habitat loss in peninsular Thailand, where known from six protected... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2019). Scarlet-rumped Trogon (Harpactes duvaucelii). 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).