Fun Hispaniolan Trogon Facts For Kids

Devangana Rathore
Oct 20, 2022 By Devangana Rathore
Originally Published on Aug 17, 2021
Edited by Monisha Kochhar
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Hispaniolan Trogon Fact File
Age: 3-18
Read time: 6.4 Min

If you ever swing by the wonderful islands of the Dominican Republic, be sure to pay a visit to the Hispaniolan trogon. These birds are endemic only to the Dominican Republic and are recognized as the national bird of Haiti. Talk about being important! It is also known for its brilliant coloring, with shades of blue, red, gray, black, and a gamut of other colors that will leave you amazed at its natural beauty. Though they are a threatened species, efforts are being made to protect them from further loss of habitat and decline of population. While most birds travel across the seas for migration, this bird does much less. Rather than traveling hundreds and thousands of miles, this bird does what we know as elevational migration. This means that they change the height at which they live. In winters, they leave their high perches and come closer to the ground, or the sea level, since it is often warmer there.  

If you want to learn more about Hispaniolan trogon info, their identification, and population, whether they are threatened, and much more, read on! You can also check out other cool birds like the palm cockatoo and the blue jay.

Hispaniolan Trogon Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Hispaniolan trogon?

The Hispaniolan trogon (Priotelus roseigaster) is a type of bird.

What class of animal does a Hispaniolan trogon belong to?

The Hispaniolan trogon (Priotelus roseigaster) belongs to the class of bird, with the scientific classification of Aves.

How many Hispaniolan trogons are there in the world?

The Hispaniolan trogon (Priotelus roseigaster) is a forest-dependent bird that is threatened by habitat loss. Fragmentation and forest loss resulting from agricultural production are causing a reduction, especially in moist forests. For example, charcoal production has had a significant impact on dry forests, and irresponsible clear-cutting and logging have reduced pine forests.

National parks, like the Sierra de Baoruco, protect some populations. Regular population tracking, effective protection of national parks that retain populations of this species, encouraging non-forest-clearing agriculture, demoralizing charcoal manufacturing in native forests, and increasing awareness of the species' uniqueness, as well as hunting, are all proposed conservation activities.

Where does a Hispaniolan trogon live?

The Hispaniolan trogon (Priotelus roseigaster) is a species that is endemic to Hispaniola lives in the woods. Hispaniola is a place that is located in the Dominican Republic, a small island in the Caribbean, and only smaller than the island of Cuba, which is located closer to the Americas.

What is a Hispaniolan trogon's habitat?

Subtropical or tropical moist forests of montane, and heavily deteriorated forests, are natural environments for Hispaniolan trogon birds belong to the Trogonidae family (genus: Priotelus). This trogon is threatened because of habitat loss. The Hispaniolan trogon (Temnotrogon roseigaster) is confined in a few protected areas on the island of Hispaniola. Dry, rain, pine, and broadleaved deciduous forests are habitats of these Trogons. Mangrove marshes west of Miragoane were mentioned in several early accounts, but it's unknown if they were tourists or residents.

This trogon (Temnotrogon roseigaster) is mostly found 1640.4-9842.5 ft (500-3,000 m) in the sky. However, there appears to be some elevational migration in the wintertime, with birds seen at lower elevations. Due to habitat loss, it is restricted in Chaîne de la Selle and, the Massif de la Hotte in Haiti. Although there has been a relatively rapid population drop due to deforestation, it is still quite prevalent in the Dominican Republic, particularly in the largely untouched Sierra de Baoruco.

Who do Hispaniolan trogons live with?

The national bird of Haiti, Hispaniolan trogon (Priotelus roseigaster), inhabits subtropical or tropical moist woodland in Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic), lives mostly solitary. But live in small flocks during breeding time.

How long does a Hispaniolan trogon live?

The average generation of Hispaniolan trogon (scientific name: Priotelus roseigaster) lasts eight years.

How do they reproduce?

The breeding season for the Hispaniolan trogon (Temnotrogon roseigaster) endemic to the Caribbean is considered to extend from March to July. Male trogon birds will execute courtship dances, cries, and loud singing to attract female trogon species. The nest is a wood cavity, which includes Hispaniolan woodpecker cavities. Only two pale green egg batches have been discovered. The periods of the incubation and nesting durations are unknown.

What is their conservation status?

The conservation status of the  Hispaniolan trogon, a national bird of Haiti that habitat in the subtropical or tropical moist woods of Montane, is listed as the Least Concern by the IUCN Red List.  

Hispaniolan Trogon Fun Facts

What do Hispaniolan trogons look like?

The Hispaniolan trogon is a colorful bird with lengthy, heavily graduated tails, tiny legs, and thick, little beaks. Metallic green upperparts, gray breast and throat, and red belly characterize the Hispaniolan trogon. Although the bottom of the tail appears dark, each rectrix has a large white tip. Females and males have similar appearances, but Hispaniolan trogon wings show the difference. In addition, females lack the short white bars on their secondaries and wing coverts.

*Please note, this is an image of the elegant trogon. If you have an image of the Hispaniolan trogon specifically, let us know at

This trogon bird (genus: Priotelus), endemic to Hispaniola island, is a dazzlingly colorful species.

How cute are they?

Quetzals and Hispaniolan trogon are regarded as among the most attractive of birds. The national bird of Haiti, Hispaniolan trogon, with its striking red-belly, gray breast and throat, and dark tail, is considered a gorgeous bird. Despite this, the Hispaniolan trogon is a favorite bird among birdwatchers. In Central America, there is a small ecotourism industry dedicated to viewing near-threatened species of quetzal birds too.

How do they communicate?

The song (vocalizations) of the Hispaniolan trogon (Haiti origin) that inhabits heavily degraded woods, is slow and may be heard from a long way away. It sings a song in a low rattle.

How big is a Hispaniolan trogon?

The neotropical birds Hispaniolan trogon length range measures between 9.1–15.7 in (23–39.8 cm). Summer tanagers, another neotropical bird, have a size of about 6.69 in (17 cm). The Hispaniola species is bigger than tanager birds.

How fast can a Hispaniolan trogon fly?

Generally, the Hispaniolan trogon only flies a few hundred meters at a time. Shorter flights are direct and quick, whereas longer flights are gently undulating. Hispaniolan trogons do not fly frequently or for long distances.

How much does a Hispaniolan trogon weigh?

The Hispaniolan trogon (Priotelus roseigaster) is a species found in the Caribbean; weight measures up to 1.2–7.3 oz (34–207 g).

What are the male and female names of the species?

Male and female of Hispaniolan trogon species have a restricted area (endemic to Hispaniola) but do not have any specific name.

What would you call a baby Hispaniolan trogon?

Bay Hispaniolan trogon birds belong to the Trogonidae family (genus: Priotelus) and have no special title.

What do they eat?

The Hispaniolan trogon bird eats mostly insects, but it occasionally eats small animals and fruits in its diet. The species feeds largely in the damp broadleaf and pine forests midstory.

Are they poisonous?

This trogon species (family: Trogonidae), the national bird of Haiti, is not poisonous.

Would they make a good pet?

Although these trogon birds are confined in several protected areas (natural habitat is degraded forest), it is not advisable to keep them as a pet.

Did you know...

The Hispaniolan trogon (Priotelus roseigaster) species is the national bird of Haiti. The ashy-faced owl belongs to the Tytonidae family of owls. It's endemic to Hispaniola island (between the Dominican Republic and Haiti), in the Caribbean.

The Hispaniolan hutia and amazon are other Hispaniolan bird species.

How do you identify a Hispaniolan trogon?

This brightly colored trogon bird, the national bird of Haiti, natural resident of montane woods, is a relatively calm creature. The first image of a bird with a dazzling red-belly, blackish head, and emerald back is frequently of a really lengthy and largish bird.

How did Hispaniolan trogons get their name?

This bird's title comes from the fact that it is endemic to Hispaniola island (including the Dominican Republic and Haiti) in the Caribbean. One of just two trogon species found throughout the Caribbean is this one.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! For more relatable content, check out these eastern kingbird facts and toco toucan facts for kids.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable trogon coloring pages.

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Written by Devangana Rathore

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English Language, Master of Philosophy

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Devangana RathoreBachelor of Arts specializing in English Language, Master of Philosophy

Devangana is a highly accomplished content writer and a deep thinker with a Master's degree in Philosophy from Trinity College, Dublin. With a wealth of experience in copywriting, she has worked with The Career Coach in Dublin and is constantly looking to enhance her skills through online courses from some of the world's leading universities. Devangana has a strong background in computer science and is also an accomplished editor and social media manager. Her leadership skills were honed during her time as the literacy society president and student president at the University of Delhi.

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