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Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno)
Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno); male, Savegre, Costa Rica
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RESPLENDENT QUETZAL FACTSDescription
The Resplendent Quetzal is a member of the trogon bird family. It has a green iridescent body and red breast. The tail has long coverts that hide the tail. In breeding males, these form long streamers. The wings have long wing coverts that hang down. The male has a short crest. The male has a yellow bill and female has a black bill.
36 cm. male has 64cm tail streamer
mountain forests of Central America
mainly fruit, also insect and frogs.
Nests in a hole carved in a rotting tree. Females lay two pale blue eggs which hatch after about 18 days.
The Resplendent Quetzal is found from southern Mexico to western Panama.
The conservation status in the 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals is "near threatened".