So named by Francois le Vaillant after a Khoikhoi woman with whom he formed a romantic attachment, and who, at his request, adopted the name Narina (Khoikhoi ‘flower’). Cf. Nerine.
In full Narina trogon:the tropical and subtropical forest bird Apaloderma narina of the Trogonidae, noted for its bright metallic green and red plumage; bush lory.
[1790tr. ofF. Le Vaillant’s Trav.I. 382I found her name difficult to be pronounced, disagreeable to the ear, and very insignificant according to my ideas; I therefore gave her a new one, and called her Narina, which, in the Hottentot language, signifies a flower.]
[1800F. Le VaillantHistoire Naturelle des Oiseaux d’AfriqueV. 104Le Couroucou Narina,...Ce couroucou d’Afrique auquel je donne le nom de narina qui en langue hottentote signifie fleur, a sans doute beaucoup de rapport avec le couroucou à ventre rouge de Cayenne.]
c1808C. von LinnéSystem of Nat. Hist.VIII. 214The Narina Curucui, The African species has considerable resemblance to the Red bellied Curucui of America.
1856R.E.E. WilmotDiary (1984) 132Here..lives the rosy breasted trogon, a bird so beautiful that le Vaillant named it after his Hottentot love ‘Narina’.
1903Stark & SclaterBirds of S. Afr.III. 122The Narina, so called by Levaillant after a Hottentot beauty for whom he professed great admiration, is found only in thick bush, where it creeps about or sits motionless and voiceless.
1923Haagner & IvySketches of S. Afr. Bird-Life 182Of the family Trogonidae, South Africa possesses but a single species, the beautiful Narina Trogon (Apaloderma narina). It is metallic green above and below as far as the chest, the remainder of the underparts being bright crimson.
1937M. AlstonWanderings 54The Narina trogon must..have a chapter to its own beautiful self.
1989A. Craig inBirding in Sn Afr.Vol.41No.4, 124His (sc. Le Vaillant’s) faithful servant Klaas and the Hottentot beauty Narina have..been commemorated in Klaas’s Cuckoo..and Narina Trogon.
1992S. Afr. Panorama Mar.–Apr. 120Birds twitter in a lush botanical garden. Some are like flitting jewels — the red flash of the lourie or the rare orange-green narina trogon.
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