Family Trogons (Trogonidae)

Near Threatened

Ward’s Trogon (Harpactes wardi)


French: Trogon de Ward German: Rosenschwanztrogon Spanish: Trogón de Ward

Pyrotrogon wardi


, 1927,

Seinghku Valley, 8000 feet [c. 2500 m], Myanmar




Bhutan and NE India (Arunachal) through N & E Myanmar to S China (W Yunnan); also N Vietnam (Tonkin), from where there are no recent records#R.

Descriptive notes

35–38 cm; 115–120 g. Male with bill deep pink, orbital ring pale blue; head, breast and upperparts slate with maroon wash, with reddish-pink forehead and... read more


A series of rapid mellow “klew” or “klu” notes, often slightly... read more


Inhabits lower storey, undergrowth and bamboo in tall subtropical hill forest of Quercus... read more

Food and feeding

Insects such as moths, stick-insects, grasshoppers and bugs; species also takes berries. Large seeds (probably acorns) found in stomach of... read more


Birds in breeding condition in late Mar and early Apr. No further information available, and nest unrecorded.


Apparently moves to lower elevations in winter.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Eastern Himalayas EBA and the Fan Si Pan and Northern Laos Secondary Area... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2019). Ward’s Trogon (Harpactes wardi). 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 10 December 2019).