Trogons - Among the most beautiful birds found in Tambopata

15 November 2019 (29 visits)

Trogons and quetzals are members of the Trogonidae family. Of the 35 species of this family known to exist, at least six species of trogon are found within Tambopata National Reserve and the rainforests that border this protected natural area.

 

Most trogons inhabit the tropical and subtropical forests of Central and South America; however, trogons are also found as far afield the United States, Cuba, the Philippines, and southern Africa. Trogon species do not embark upon long migrations, although while most members of the Trogonidae family are entirely sedentary, a few have been found to engage in short migrations, mostly from one altitudinal range to another, as they pursue the different fruiting seasons of forest plants. Trogons will feed on fruit, insects and spiders, and have also been known to eat small lizards.

 

With their short necks, rounded bodies, and long tails, across different species trogons closely resemble each other in form and size. They are medium-sized birds, mostly measuring between 23 and 40 centimeters in length. It is the rich variety of their bright, iridescent plumage which sets different species apart. The legs and feet of trogons are so weak that they are only able to use them for perching. Trogons are unique among the world’s known bird species for possessing heterodactylous toes: the third and fourth digits both point forward, while the first and second digits are backward pointing. When feeding, rather than perching trogons will hover and snatch their prey.

 

Although outwardly they do appear at all alike, some biologists believe that trogons may be related to owls, and like owls they are able to turn their heads through 180 degrees. Other biologists believe that trogons may be related to parrots, toucans, or nightjars.

 

While other rainforest animals and birds –such as the extraordinary potoo- adopt camouflage as a means of staying alive in a predator-rich environment, trogons are among the most colorful birds found in the Neotropical ecosystems of the Americas. They are highly sought-after by birdwatching enthusiasts for their great beauty; however, in spite of their relative inactivity and bright plumage, they are rarely seen and are therefore relatively understudied.   

 

In the tropical forests of Tambopata National Reserve, it is possible spot black-tailed trogons (Trogon melanurus), with their yellow bill, emerald-green head and chest (dark gray/black in the female), separated by a white band (in the male only) from their red belly; white-tailed trogons (Trogon chionurus), with their dark blue head, green back (gray in the female), orange-yellow underparts, and white undertail; the collared trogon (Trogon collaris), with its green head, back and breast (brown in the female), and white line separating the breast from red underparts (paler in the female); and the blue-crowned trogon (Trogon curacui), with its blue head and black face (brown in the female), red belly, green back and white-striped tail.

 

The word “trogon” comes from the Greek word for “nibbling”, and their name refers to trogons’ habit of gnawing holes into tree trunks in order to create their nests. Trogons are territorial and monogamous. A breeding pair will build their nest by burrowing into the wood of a rotting tree trunk, or making a hole in a termite nest. Using their beaks, they are able to excavate spacious cavities accessed via long narrow entrances.

 

 

Click on image to enlarge:

Weather:


Weather - Tutiempo.net

Check out the itineraries we offer:


rainforest EXPERIENCE

3 days (USD 494.00)

rainforest EXPLORER

4 days (USD 677.00)

rainforest ENCOUNTER

4 days (USD 761.00)

rainforest ADVENTURE

4 days (USD 932.00)

rainforest JOURNEY

4 days (USD 1148.00)

rainforest EXPEDITION

5 days (USD 1370.00)

What your rainforest visit means

In Peru ecotourism has helped make it possible to create national reserves and save the forests of the Amazon basin from destruction. By implementing our ecotourism-based conservation model (see our video), we are ensuring the forests will be around for future generations to appreciate. Pioneering projects like Tambopata Ecolodge, which was established in 1991, serve as a conservation model, by showing how responsible ecotourism can support conservation initiatives.
neuro(drive).pro() / www.eltraductoringles.com
Enjoy an upgrade to SUITE for the cost of a SUPERIOR room. This offer is subject to availability. To take advantage of this offer, click here and fill out the form, indicating your selected dates, and requesting this promotional offer.
Enjoy 25% off any room type, available for the Rainforest Experience or Rainforest Encounter programs. To take advantage of this offer, click on the program you’re interested in, enter your dates, and select the room type available, number of people, and the other options. The discount will be applied to the rates automatically.
The comfort of our guests is our priority; we do not operate camping itineraries from November 1st to March 31st.