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 Malabar Trogon

Malabar Trogon

THE BIRD

The Malabar Trogon, Harpactes fasciatus, is a near passerine bird in the trogon family, Trogonidae. Found in the dense tropical forests of the western Malabar region of India, the Malabar Trogon feeds on insects and fruit with their broad bills and weak legs reflecting their diet and arboreal habits. 

Although their flight is fast, they are reluctant to fly any distance. They typically perch upright.

Trogons show sexual dimorphism (visual physical differences between the sexes) with the male being more brilliantly colored. The plumage is soft. This species is about 31cm long.

The head and breast of the male are black in the Indian race H. f. malabaricus, and dark grey in the Sri Lankan H. f. fasciatus. A white line separates these dark areas from the pink underparts. The back and tail are cinnamon, and the wings are blackish grey.

The female is largely cinnamon, with a darker shade on her head and breast. The wings are brown.