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 Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno)




Resplendent Quetzal | Pharomachrus mocinno photo
Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno); male, Savegre, Costa Rica

Photograph by Jimfbleak. GNU Free Documentation License.  (view image details)

Resplendent Quetzal | Pharomachrus mocinno photo
Resplendent Quetzal

Photograph by Peter Förster. License: Public Domain.  (view image details)

RESPLENDENT QUETZAL FACTS

Description
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.

Size
36 cm. male has 64cm tail streamer

Environment
mountain forests of Central America

Food
mainly fruit, also insect and frogs.

Breeding
Nests in a hole carved in a rotting tree. Females lay two pale blue eggs which hatch after about 18 days.

Range
The Resplendent Quetzal is found from southern Mexico to western Panama.

Conservation Status
The conservation status in the 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals is "near threatened".

Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Trogoniformes
Family:Trogonidae
Genus:Pharomachrus
Species:mocinno
Common Name:Resplendent Quetzal