Haiti’s National Bird

Much like the Bald Eagle is to the United States, Did you that the island of Hispaniola, which the Dominican Republic and Haiti share, is home to the Hispaniolan Trogon, Haiti’s national bird. The Priotelus roseigaster, is the only type of trogon found on Hispaniola.

Publié le 2016-03-31 | Le Nouvelliste

Lakay Weekly -

The Hispaniolan Trogon is part of the Trogonidae species family. It is a very colorful bird whose name in Greek means ‘nibbling’. Perhaps it is because the Trogon gnaws holes in trees for their nests. The striking bird can be found in both Haiti and neighboring Dominican Republic. They are closely related to owls and mousebirds. Their natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist mountain forests. The majority of them have metallic green upperparts, gray breast, red belly, and dark blue tail strongly marked with white. The Trogon can be sighted in the high altitudes of Haiti's mountain ranges and are confined to several areas in the country's protected areas. It is one of only two Trogons which can be found in the Caribbean. The other is the Cuban Trogon. When describing an stumble upon the Priotelus roseigaster, Whetmore and Swales (1931), share “In travel along the wilder trails through the hills of Hispaniola there may come to the ear a curious cooing call suggesting the note of a pigeon but at the same time differing from the sound produced by any of the familiar species of that group. The call is ventriloquial and seems to arise first from one side and then from another. Finally there is a glimpse of a bird in black silhouette, resting in shadow on some open limb, with body erect and tail hanging straight down. No color is visible and it is a pleasurable surprise when one of the birds pitches to a lower perch or is brought into closer view by the aid of binoculars and the colors of the plumage flash out brilliantly, the clear red of the abdomen sharply marked from the gray of the breast, and the back a shimmering green.” The Hispaniolan Trogon is endangered, it is therefore important to reforests to safeguard the longevity of our national bird. By Rachele Viard


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