Family Trogons (Trogonidae)

Least Concern

Cuban Trogon (Priotelus temnurus)


French: Trogon de Cuba German: Kubatrogon Spanish: Trogón tocororo

Trogon temnurus


, 1825,

Havana, Cuba


Populations on cays off N Cuba may merit treatment as distinct subspecies. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. t. temnurus (Temminck, 1825) – Cuba, including some large cays N of Camagüey Province (Palma, Caguanes, Guajaba and Sabinal)#R.
  • P. t. vescus Bangs & Zappey, 1905 – I of Pines.
  • Descriptive notes

    23–27 cm; 47–75 g. Male nominate race with bill reddish pink, darker on culmen, face blackish with reddish iris, crown and nape dull violet-blue; malar region,... read more


    Varied: song a pleasant “toco-toco-tocoro-tocoro...”, repeated at intervals and for... read more


    Occurs in wet and dry forest, shrubbery and copses near streams and rivers, within these habitats... read more

    Food and feeding

    Feeds mainly on flowers, but also takes buds, fruits (including oranges) and insects. Hovers while feeding, like a tyrant-flycatcher (... read more


    Primarily Apr–Jul. Nest commonly in abandoned hole of woodpecker or in natural cavity, up to at least 4·5 m above ground. Eggs... read more


    Apparently sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to the Cuba EBA, a region of extremely high conservation priority. Considered common and... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). 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 on 18 July 2019).