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Narina Trogon couple spotted at Kisampa


A beautiful Mr. and Mrs. Narina Trogon spotted from one of our stunning open aired showers at Kisampa. Narina Trogon Apaloderma narina is just one of almost 40 trogon species that inhabit forested regions of the world, and unfortunately Africa is poorly represented by this particularly beautiful family of birds with only 3 representatives. Both sexes have vivid, gingery green upperpart plumage. The tail feathers have a metallic blue-green gloss. The male especially, has bright amaranth red underside plumage and bare, green gape and eye flanges. The female has brown face and chest plumage, blue skin orbiting the eyes and duller red plumage below.

Narina Trogons are essentially large forest leaf-gleaners that feed mainly on invertebrates and to a lesser extent on small vertebrates. A high percentage of prey brought to nests are smooth-skinned caterpillars from the moth, and not butterfly family. Their hunting strategy is to perch in the mid-canopy and scan the nearby leaves and branches for prey, which apart from caterpillars may include spiders, dragonflies, moths, preying mantises, cicadas and small dwarf chameleons.  They make a very distinctive noise when they chit chat and call to one another.

What a wonderful view to start your day with!