Family Trogons (Trogonidae)

Near Threatened

Whitehead's Trogon (Harpactes whiteheadi)


French: Trogon de Whitehead German: Graubrusttrogon Spanish: Trogón de Borneo

Harpactes whiteheadi


, 1888,

Kinabalu, Borneo




Spinal range of N Borneo from Kinabalu to Mt Dulit and Mt Lunjut (Kalimantan).

Descriptive notes

29–31 cm. Male has red head, blue bill and orbital ring, black throat, grey breast, and red belly; pale rich brown upperparts; largely white undertail. Female like male... read more


Song up to 5 even-pitched whistles, “poop poop poop poop poop”; soft rolling “... read more


Montane forest and sparse moss forest at 900–1500 m; frequents the dark, wet patches of old... read more

Food and feeding

Grasshoppers, locustids, ants, large green leaf-insects and stick-insects. Stones also found in stomach.


Female in breeding condition in Mar; family party of 3 in Jul. Nest not certainly known; a used trogon nest, with female of this species... read more


Apparently sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Bornean Mountains EBA. Appears to be uncommon throughout its limited... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2019). Whitehead's Trogon (Harpactes whiteheadi). 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 15 September 2019).