Genus HAEPACTES

Tail long, with broad feathers, squarely truncated in adults,
pointed in young, the outer three pairs much graduated. Wing
rounded, the inner primaries and secondaries very short. Tarsus
half-feathered. Face naked at sides.

Key to the Species.

a. Head and neck black; abdomen crimson.
a1. A white band across breast……………….H. fasciatus , p. 199.
b1. No white band……………….H. duvauceli , p. 201.
b. Head red; abdomen crimson……………….H. erythrocephalus ,p. 200.
c. Head yellowish olive; abdomen orange……………….H. orescius , p. 202.
d. Head brown or brownish olive.
c1. Abdomen brownish buff……………….H. fasciatus , p. 199.
d1. Abdomen red or pink.
a2. Crown concolorous with back ; wing5.7……………….H. erythrocephalus , p. 200.
b2. Crown darker than back; wing 4.2……………….H. duvauceli , p. 201. .
e1. Abdomen yellow……………….H. orescius , p. 202.

The habits of all the species are similar. All inhabit forests, and perch on trees, frequently on a large horizontal branch, on which the Trogon remains motionless and, with its gaudy breast concealed, but little likely to be seen. It flies out from time to time in pursuit of insects, chiefly beetles, moths, or cicadas, but it occasionally feeds on insects on the ground. Indian Trogons have not been observed to eat fruit, as some of the gorgeous American forms do. They are generally silent birds, but have peculiar soft calls, and also utter a mewing sound. Holes or hollows generally in rotten stumps or branches of trees are excavated for nests and are not lined; the eggs are creamy white and glossy, and generally broadly oval in shape.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.3 1895.
Title in Book: 
Genus HAEPACTES
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1895
Page No: 
199
M_ID: 
8897
M_SN: 
Harpactes
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
1535

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