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|