Blooming meal: flower eating by the Blue-crowned Trogon Trogon curucui
Keywords:feeding behavior, flowers as food, Trogonidae, Cerrado, Pantanal
AbstractAbstract: Flowers provide birds with a range of dietary resources, although few data are available on flower eating for birds that have mixed diets. We report here a new food type for the Blue-crowned Trogon (Trogon curucui), describing two flower eating events. The individuals fed on the yellow trumpet tree flowers (Handroanthus spp.) at the peak of the dry season in the Cerrado and Pantanal biomes. The birds picked up the flowers by sally-glean flying and a brief hovering, and then perched on a nearby branch to swallow the flower whole. Florivory appears to be seasonal and, while a minor component of this species' diet, flowers may be an important alternative resource during periods when fruits are scarce.
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Gonsioroski, G., Sazima, I., Silva, M. A. R., & Ubaid, F. K. (2021). Blooming meal: flower eating by the Blue-crowned Trogon Trogon curucui. Biota Neotropica, 21(3). Retrieved from //www.biotaneotropica.org.br/BN/article/view/1829