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Cuban Trogon - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Richard Stern
Matanzas Province, Cuba, 17 February 2009
Priotelus temnurus


Photo © by Joseph Morlan
Cueva de los Portales, Pinar del Río, Cuba, 7 November 2015

Length: 23–27 cm (10-11 in.)

  • Iridescent dark green upperparts
  • Red belly and undertail coverts
  • Violet crown and nape
  • White throat and chest
  • Green, black and white wings
  • Red bill, dark upper mandible
  • Red iris
  • Tail broadly flared

Males and females are similar but immatures are duller.


Photo © by Cubanbirdguide
Zapata Swamp, Matanzas, Cuba, 5 June 2021

Caribbean: found only in Cuba and the Isle of Pines.



There are 2 subspecies[1]

  • P. t. temnurus:
  • P. t. vescus:
  • Isle of Pines


Open dry forests, near streams.


The diet inclides flowers, insects and fruit.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Arthur Grosset
  3. Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Cuban Trogon (Priotelus temnurus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/55713 on 1 December 2018).

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