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Resplendent Quetzal

Pharomachrus mocinno


The Quetzal is a medium sized bird 36-40 cm long. The male also has a serpentine tail up to 65 cm long. It has a weight of approximately 210 g. this bird feeds mostly on wild avocados insects and small vertebrates. It is only found in the cloud forests,in elevations of 1500 mosl to 2800 mosl. Consider the protector of the progenitor gods in the mayan culture(There was only immobility, and silence in the darkness ... Only the creator, Tepeu, Gucumatz, ... the progenitors. They were hidden under green and blue feathers...) Popol Vuh This is one of the most colorful birds of the new tropics, and the national birds in Guatemala.


Dense cloud forest some few times seen in edges of forest close to gardens. Seen in the forest of Barva Volcano. Heredia Costa Rica

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Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 2 years ago

Great one Jonatan.

Tukup 2 years ago

I've always considered the Quetzal one of the most beautiful birds that exist. Congratulations on a great spotting and thanks for sharing the series Jonathan.

DanielePralong 2 years ago

Resplendent indeed! Congratulations Jonathan your Resplendent Quetzal is our Spotting of the Day:

"With its dazzling iridescent green plumage and red breast, this male Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno) is our Spotting of the Day! Heralded for its beauty, this member of the trogon family (Trogonidae) is endemic to montane cloud forests of Middle America, with disjunct populations in southern Mexico, northern Central America, and south of the lowlands of Nicaragua (Costa Rica and Panama). Listed as Near Threatened by the IUCN, the Resplendent Quetzal depends on standing cloud forest rotten trees for breeding holes".



Jonathan Sequeira
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Jonathan Sequeira

Provincia Heredia, Costa Rica

Spotted on Feb 17, 2019
Submitted on Feb 17, 2019

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