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Mandible (Jawbone ) of a Priotelus temnurus (Cuban Trogon)


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Species Description
The Cuban Trogon is endemic to Cuba, where it lives in dry and moist forests. It is a large bird, almost a foot long; the Cuban Trogon possesses a broad bill, weak legs, and short but strong wings. It is capable of strong flight, but does not fly very far, and lives a primarily arboreal existence. The Cuban Trogon feeds mostly on insects, using the serrated edges of its bill to better grasp and hold prey. The name “trogon” is derived from the Greek for “gnawer”, and refers both to its odd bill and the trogon’s propensity to gnaw holes in trees for nesting; it will also use abandoned woodpecker nests, if suitable. The trogons are the only type of animal with heterodactyl feet (meaning that digits 3 and 4 point forward, while digits 1 and 2 point to the back).
Skeletal Elements Available

Mandible (Jawbone )

Sternum (Breast Bone)

Left Humerus (Left Upper Arm Bone)

Left Tarsometatarsus (Left Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)
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