Cuban Trogon Eats Anole–But Which One?


Aslam Ibrahim Castellón Maure posted this photo on his Facebook page. Taken in the Zapata Peninsula, it’s a Cuban trogon eating an unidentified anole. The Cuban trogon, or tocoroco, is the national bird of Cuba. But what species of anole? Hispaniolan trogons have also been observed eating anoles. More surprisingly, their lovely relative the quetzal has also been reported to do so, notable because quetzals are thought to be primarily frugivorous.

About Jonathan Losos

Professor and Curator of Herpetology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. I've spent my entire professional career studying anoles and have discovered that the more I learn about anoles, the more I realize I don't know.

4 thoughts on “Cuban Trogon Eats Anole–But Which One?

  1. This one was taken by my friend Aslám. This is an anolis sagrei.
    But he knows the record (undocumented) is on my side when I saw a todus multicolor taking a sagrei too. I was I think 13 or 14 years old and didn’t have any camera.

  2. Possibly Anolis angusticeps. The head looks a little too wide, but that could be an artifact of being squashed by the bite of the trogon.

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