Cuban Trogon (Priotelus temnurus)

Cuban Trogon

[order] TROGONIFORMES | [family] Trogonidae | [latin] Priotelus temnurus | [authority] Temminck, 1825 | [UK] Cuban Trogon | [FR] Trogon de Cuba | [DE] Kubatrogon | [ES] Trogon Tocororo | [NL] Cubaanse Trogon


Monotypic species


Priotelus is a genus of birds in the Trogon family consisting of two species the Cuban (P. temnurus) and Hispaniolan Trogon (T roseigaster). The latter is usually placed in genus Priotelus, but shows significant differences from P. temnurus in bill pattern, plumage coloration and some morphological features. Hence it is by some authorities placed in its own genus Temnotrogon. Both Priotelus species are the only Trongons in the caribbean area.

Physical charateristics

Blue crown and nape, blackish face, grayish white chin, throat, and breast, red belly, upperparts iridescent bronze-green with white spots on coverts and primaries, green-blue uppertail, distinctive scalloped retrices.

Listen to the sound of Cuban Trogon

[audio: Trogon.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

recorded by Laura Gooch

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North America : Cuba


Wet and dry tropical forests, both evergreen and deciduous, as well as pine forests and secondary forests.


Breeds May through August; nests in natural cavity or abandoned woodpecker hole; lays three or four eggs. No information on brood rearing.

Feeding habits

Hovers to feed on flowers with tongue split at tip, also insects, fruits.

Video Cuban Trogon


copyright: Josep del Hoyo


This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Cuban Trogon status Least Concern


Sedentary but some seasonal movements known

Distribution map

Cuban Trogon distribution range map

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