Hispaniolan Trogon is the national bird of Haiti. Its scientific name is Priotelus roseigaster. The Hispaniolan trogon is a fairly large, slightly crested, long-tailed bird with predominantly green plumage. It has red eyes and a black bill. The male’s head and upper breast are bluish-green, while the lower parts of the body and wings are mostly yellowish-green. The female has similar coloration to the male except that its upper parts are browner in color.
The species’ diet consists mainly of fruits and arthropods. Little else is known about its habits due to the fact that it lives in remote mountainous areas.
Scientific Classification of Hispaniolan Trogon
Interesting facts about Hispaniolan Trogon
- It is found in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and the Virgin Islands.
- They are part of the trogon family, which is a group of near passerine birds found in tropical Central and South America.
- They are found in wet, tropical forests of the island of Hispaniola.
- They are social birds and feed on fruits, insects and nectar.
- They are relatively large birds, 32-38 cm (13-15 in) long, and have a long, dark tail.
- Their plumage is mostly black, but they have a green iridescence, and some orange-yellow on their underparts.
- The trogon is a monogamous bird that is only sexually attracted to the female of the species.
Why is Hispaniolan Trogon the national bird of Haiti?