Best time to travel to Cuba

Tocororo (Cuban Trogon) Breeding Season

National bird of Cuba resembles the colors of the Cuban flag

Tocororo (Cuban Trogon) Breeding Season in Cuba 2020 - Best Time
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Ekaterina Chernetsova (Papchinskaya)

Cuban Trogon, known locally as the ‘Tocororo’ because of the 'toco-toco-tocoro-tocoro' repeated call, is the Cuba's national bird. Its red, white and blue colors resemble the country's national flag. Moreover, this species is endemic to Cuba, so it will be a great addition to your bird-watching list.

Tocororo can usually be spotted at all altitudes on the main island of Cuba and on the Isle of Youth in the places with forests and holes for breeding. The Cuban Trogon nests in natural cavities in trees or abandoned woodpecker’s nests. The breeding season usually lasts from April to July. Each couple lays three to four eggs in the spring. Both parents feed and rear the chicks.

Tocororo (Cuban Trogon) Breeding Season in Cuba - Best Season 2020

Tocororos usually dine on fruits, berries, nectar, and insects. These birds have a secret power—they can hover mid-flight while feeding, flirting or mating. Well, its flying technique is quite impressive: birds tend to group or fly in pairs producing loud squawks while in the air. When in danger, tocororos send out a secret distress call, nearly impossible to be picked up by human's hearing.

Ancient cultures considered trogon a sign of good news or a better life ahead. Some people believed that seeing or hearing a tocororo meant a communication link with spiritual powers in promising a better future. So who knows, maybe you';; be lucky enough to spot or hear this unique bird in the forests of Cuba.

Best time for Tocororo (Cuban Trogon) Breeding Season in Cuba 2020