The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Narina Trogon

Afrikaans name: Bosloerie

Narina Trogon

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Apaloderma narina

The male Narina Trogon is one of the most beautiful of the birds found in South Africa. It has a metallic green back, head and breast and bright red underparts. The female is not as vividly coloured.

Despite the bright colours it is not an easy bird to see. They like sitting amongst green foliage and typically sits with its back towards you.

The Narina Trogon is found in forested areas in the southern and eastern regions of the countries.

They eat insects, spiders and small reptiles.

Narina Trogons nest in natural cavities in trees. Up to 4 eggs are laid and they are tended to by both male and female. The male does most of the feeding of the chicks.



References and further reading

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 160

The Birds of South Africa - Author: Hazel Stokes - Published: 1979 - Page: 27

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 169

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 14

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 254

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 246

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 368

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 372

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 281

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 268

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 209

Roberts Bird Guide - Author: Hugh Chittenden - Published: 2007 - Page: 58

Questions and Answers - Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Deirdre Richards - Published: 1990 - Page: 3

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 204

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 204

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 174

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 120

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 46

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 142

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 74

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 124

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 158

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 103

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 103

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 170

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