Harpactes whiteheadi is a medium-sized trogon measuring up to 33 cm long and is commonly known as Whitehead’s trogon. This is the only trogon in Borneo with a red head and diagnostic (a distinct characteristic) on the male. The male Whitehead's trogon also has a blue bill and orbital rings, black throat, grey breast and red belly. The upperparts are pale rich brown and the under tail is white. In comparison, the female Whitehead's trogon has a dull cinnamon head and belly instead of red. This trogon species mainly feeds on insects such as grasshoppers, ants and leaf insects.
The Whitehead’s trogon is endemic to Borneo and is restricted to primary forests above 1000 m elevation. Due to a restricted range of distribution and habitat degradation, the Whitehead’s trogon is listed from Least Concern to Near Threatened in 2004 by the IUCN Red List. [Source: MyBIS].
Name: Whitehead's trogon (male)
Scientific: Harpactes whiteheadi
Malay: Kesumba Whitehead
IUCN Red List (v3.1, 2016): Near threatened
Gear: SONY a7RIV + SEL200600G.
Location: Kinabalu National Park
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