Friday, August 3, 2012

Colourfully Striking Birds

The Trogon Chronicles

Diard's Trogon, female (Harpactes diardii), Panti, July 2012
The trogon is not just winsome with striking colours of scarlet, blue, brown and a host of other colours, it has a stately pose, too. It's always great to spot one in the open as it can be shy and will fly off in a flash when humans arrive.

The trogons are an old-world bird and their fossil records date back 49 million years (mid-Eocene)!

The word trogon is a Greek work for "nibbling" as the bird gnaws holes in tree trunks to build its nest. They belong to the Trogonidae family; there are 39 species in eight genera.

These photos will hopefully kick-start my collection of trogons.

Scarlet-rumped Trogon, male (Harpactes duvaucelil) @ Panti, July 2012
Red-headed Trogon, female (Harpactes kasumba) @ Fraser's Hill, June '12

1 comment:

All-Wild said...

Trogon is one of the beautiful birds in South-east Asia, there are 12 species in SE Asia, you are lucky to have seen them in the Malaysian forest.