Adrian Lim a.k.a. wmw998 photographed a pair of Orange-breasted Trogon (Harpactes oreskios) in February 2009 in Malaysia. The birds were caught in the act of copulation.
Knowledge of the breeding habits of trogons is limited. They are cavity nesters, using decaying trunks or stumps of trees or holes in nests of social insects, especially termite mounds. They excavate the cavities, sometimes taking several months to complete.
Collar (2001) gives an account of a pair of courting Elegant Trogons (Trogon elegans) thus: “…copulation takes the form of the male flying initially to within 3-5 m of the female, giving the ‘cocococo…’ courtship song, and then flying directly to her, hovering above her two seconds, taking her nape in his bill, and landing on her back while she lifts her tail up, the male then swings his tail smoothly from side to side for cloacal contact, then pumps it up and down beneath the female’s while fluttering his wings.”
Collar, N. J., 2001. Family Trogonidae (Trogons). In: del Hoyo, J., A. Elliott & J. Sargatal (eds.) (2001). Handbook of the birds of the world. Vol. 6. Mousebirds to Hornbills. Lynx Editions, Barcelona. Pp. 80-127.
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