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Cuban Trogon Priotelus temnurus

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Known locally as the ‘Tocororo’, an onomatopoeic name, the Cuban Trogon is the country’s national bird (its colors echo those of the national flag), and is sometimes considered to the sole member of the genus Priotelus, although the Hispaniolan Trogon (Priotelus roseigaster) is usually also placed therein. This trogon is generally reasonably common at all altitudes on the main island of Cuba, as well as on the Isle of Youth (for which population a separate subspecies is sometimes recognized), and some of the larger cays off the central north coast (which birds are occasionally speculated to represent an unnamed subspecies), provided there is forest and holes for breeding. The species uses either natural holes or takes over abandoned woodpecker holes in which to nest; the season lasts from approximately April to July.

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Recommended Citation

Cuban Trogon (Priotelus temnurus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/cubtro1