Priotelus is a genus of birds in the Trogon family consisting of two species the Cuban (P. temnurus) and Hispaniolan Trogon (T roseigaster). The latter is usually placed in genus Priotelus, but shows significant differences from P. temnurus in bill pattern, plumage coloration and some morphological features. Hence it is by some authorities placed in its own genus Temnotrogon. Both Priotelus species are the only Trongons in the caribbean area.
Listen to the sound of Hispaniolan Trogon
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Video Hispaniolan Trogon
copyright: David Ascanio
Forest loss and fragmentation owing to shifting agriculture are causing a decline, particularly in moist forest areas. Dry forests have been considerably altered by charcoal production, and even pine forests have been devastated by indiscriminate logging and clear-cutting. In particular, recent habitat destruction along highways has caused a drastic decline of the population in the Cordillera Central, but it is occasionally seen on abandoned coffee farms and old cacao groves in the Cordillera Septentrional. The species is also subject to hunting.