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Orange-breasted trogon

Thai: นกขุนแผนอกสีส้ม, nok khun phaen ok see som

Binomial name: Harpactes oreskios, Coenraad Jacob Temminck, 1823

The orange-breasted trogon (Harpactes oreskios) is a species of bird in the Trogonidae family.

Distribution and habitat

The trogon is found in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, humid, lower-to-middle elevation evergreen forests, swampy forests, open dry forests, bamboo forests, thin tree jungles, and sometimes among clumps of trees near forests.


Orange-breasted trogons generally have an olive-yellow head with feathers that are bristled and upright, chestnut upperparts, orange breast that changes to bright yellow on upper and lower portions, white bars on wing sections, and a blue bill. Males have a dull olive-yellowish head with a blue ring; rufous (reddish brown) upperparts and upper tail with paler rump (lower part of back); broad white bars on wing sections; and yellow (grey-based) upper breast with some white along the mid-line. Females have additional grey-brown on head and upperparts; pale buffy-brown rump, grey breast; and yellow lower underparts. Juveniles are similar to females, with young males having warmer brown upperparts.

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Scientific classification

Harpactes oreskios

Common names

  • Thai: นกขุนแผนอกสีส้ม, nok khun phaen ok see som

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Orange-breasted trogon (female) - Huai Kha Khaeng

Orange-breasted trogon (female) - Huai Kha Khaeng

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Harpactes oreskios (female) - Khao Yai

Harpactes oreskios (female) - Khao Yai

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Harpactes oreskios (male) - Kaeng Krachan

Harpactes oreskios (male) - Kaeng Krachan

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Distribution map of Orange-breasted trogon, Harpactes oreskios in Thailand

Range map of Harpactes oreskios in Thailand

Important note; our range maps are based on limited data we have collected. The data is not necessarily accurate or complete.

Special thanks to Ton Smits, Parinya Pawangkhanant, Ian Dugdale and many others for their contribution for range data.

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