Orange-breasted Trogon mating

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A female Orange-breasted Trogon (Harpactes oreskios) was quietly perching on a branch when she was alerted by the call of a male nearby. Also nearby was a tailless male trogon.

The female trogon suddenly flew to perch on a clear branch, responding with a soft call. And just as suddenly, the first male flew to her, mounted her (above) and in a split second or so, completed the cloacal kiss (below).

The entire copulatory act took Adrian Lim a.k.a wmw998 by surprise. He was not ready to document the action and came away with these images, among others.

Images by Adrian Lim.

This post is a cooperative effort between NaturePixels.org and BESG to bring the study of bird behaviour through photography to a wider audience.

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5 Responses

  1. Lovely picture. May I ask for some more information, where was this image captured and on which date? Was the tail-less Male nearby a juvenile. I’m currently writing a paper on the breeding of Orange-breasted Trogon and Red-headed Trogon at Khao Yai National Park, Thailand. If this picture was taken recently it would be a late record compared with OBT breeding at KYNP. Does Red-headed Trogon also occur in the same area?

    I would be very interested in any nest record dates you may have?

    James Steward

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  2. […] how do birds without a penis copulate? They indulge on the so-called “cloacal kiss” LINK. The cloaca of both the male and the female bird can turn inside out during this “kiss” when […]

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  3. […] once the 'cloacal kiss' is achieved, as when the male's cloaca makes contact with the female's LINK 1 and LINK […]

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  4. Hi
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  5. Hi Nizam. The photographs in this website have been contributed by various people. You need to identify the photos you are interested in. I can then let you know who the owners are. You then need to contact the owners separately. Thanks for your interest.

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