Sachin Rai


Ward's Trogon © Sachin Rai

Ward's Trogon
(Harpactes wardi)



Image details
1/50 sec, f/5.6;  ISO 400
Canon 30D, Canon 100-400IS
Location:  Eaglenest WLS, Arunachal Pradesh
Date: 20 April 2007

Shoot details
Wards Trogon is the rarest species of Trogon in the World. This bird is extremely tough to spot even when one can hear its call. The low pitched call resonates through the forest and one would assume that the bird is much farther than it actually is. Drove a bike through treacherous unmanaged roads 14kms to the highest point in Eaglenest WLS (2465m.). Spent a day trying to locate the bird and finally found it perched on a moss laden branch. It suddenly flew in my direction, crossed over my head and disappeared into the thick canopy behind me.

Species details
Trogons are spectacular birds and are found in tropical forests across the world. India has three species from the family and the showy Ward's is the rarest. Found in the Eastern Himalaya, this shy species affects dark forests. The male is pictured here. In the female, the pink is replaced by yellow.  This 40cm species is vulnerable to habitat shrinkage.

A Birds of India presentation


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