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Red-headed trogon

Thai: นกขุนแผนหัวแดง, nok khun phaen hua daeng

Binomial name: Harpactes erythrocephalus, John Gould, 1834

The red-headed trogon (Harpactes erythrocephalus) is a species of bird in the Trogonidae family. The species is endemic across much of the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia.

It is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.


The male is almost completely red with light brown and grey wings and a blue bill.

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Scientific classification

Harpactes erythrocephalus

Common names

  • Thai: นกขุนแผนหัวแดง, nok khun phaen hua daeng

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Distribution map of Red-headed trogon, Harpactes erythrocephalus in Thailand

Range map of Harpactes erythrocephalus 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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