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January 19th, 2016
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Cuban Trogon

Elegant Trogon is the pretty poster child of Arizona birding, and as a birding guide it’s my job to show this special bird to people from all over North America and around the world. Not surprisingly, then, trogons are quite dear to me.

I haven’t seen many of the world’s 39 species of trogon and quetzal, but I’ve been lucky enough to see a few, in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Ecuador. They can be found around the world in mainly tropical zones, from North America, Central America and South America, across to Africa and south Asia.

Taking the ridiculously flamboyant quetzals out of the equation, of the ‘traditional’ trogons, surely none are more visually stunning than Cuban Trogon. It’s endemic to Cuba and one of the birds I most wanted to see on our trip. As with Elegant Trogon and books about birds in Arizona, Cuban Trogon is on the cover of the Cuba book. It’s iconic and beautiful. But would we find one?

Well, yes. As it turns out, Cuban Trogon is a pretty common bird and found all over Cuba. I saw my first one from the bus before we’d even stopped at our first birding site! From then on, we found one every so often, and I managed to get some acceptable photos along the way. What a stunning bird. Just look at that tail!

Cuban Trogon

Cuban Trogon

Cuban Trogon

Cuban Trogon

Cuban Trogon

Cuban Trogon

More blog posts about my trip to Cuba:

 

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