1103. Harpactes orescius

1103. Harpactes orescius.

The Yellow-breasted Trogon.

Trogon oreskios, Temm. Pl. Col. pl. 181 (1823). Harpactes oreskios, Blyth, Cat. p. 80; Horsf. & M. Cat. ii, p. 716 ; Walden, P. Z. S. 1866, p. 538; Hume & Oates, S. F. iii, p. 47; Bingham, S. F. v, pp. 50, 82; ix, p. 152; Davison, S. F. v, p. 454; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, pp. 66, 498; Hume, Cat. no. 116 bis; Oates, B. B. ii, p. 100; id. in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. ii, p. 342; Ogilvie Grant, Cat. B. 31. xvii, p. 494. Orescius gouldi, Cab. & Heine, Mus. Hein. iv, pt. 1, p. 161 (1863) ; Salvadori, Ann. Mus. Civ. Gen. (2) v, p. 561. Harpactes orescius, Blyth, Ibis, 1865, p. 32; Beavan, His, 1869, p. 407; Blyth & Wald. Birds Burm. p. 82 ; Oates, S.F. x,p. 186.

Coloration. Male. Crown, nape, and sides of head yellowish olive ; hind-neck, chin, throat, and fore-neck more yellow, passing into rich orange on the breast, and this again into yellow-orange on the abdomen and lower tail-coverts; back, scapulars, rump, upper tail-coverts, and wing-coverts along the forearm chestnut; wings as in the other species, except that the white bars on the wing-coverts, secondaries, and tertiaries are broader, straighter, and much farther apart; tail as in H. duvauceli.

Female. Head, neck, and upper breast olive-brown, passing on back into rufous-brown; bars on wings buff; lower parts from breast deep yellow. In immature birds the abdomen is white or buff.

Bill purplish blue, the culmen and tip blackish; orbital skin bright smalt-blue; iris dark brown ; legs plumbeous blue (Oates).

Length 12; tail 6.4 ; wing 5 ; tarsus .55 ; bill from gape .9.

Distribution. Arrakan, Pegu, and Tenasserim, Siam, Cochin China, the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Java, and Borneo. Not recorded from Upper Burma, nor from any country north of Arrakan.

Habits, &c. Those of the genus, but, according to Davison, this species keeps less exclusively to dense forest. The eggs have been taken by Bingham and Davison in February and March, and are two or three in number, glossy, pale cafe-au-lait in colour, and about 1.05 by .83 in dimensions.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.3 1895.
Title in Book: 
1103. Harpactes orescius
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
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Common name: 
Yellow Breasted Trogon
Orange-breasted Trogon
Harpactes oreskios
Vol. 3
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