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Pharomachrus mocinno, Quetzal
This resplendently beautiful bird lives in the mountains of Central America, but unfortunately its numbers are declining and its Protection Status is threatened (per National Geographic link below).
I took this photo by putting my point-n-shoot camera up against the lens of a very large, tripod mounted telescope while hiking in Costa Rica's cloud forest.
Spotted on Jan 2, 2006
Submitted on Oct 9, 2011
I've been to Guatemala a couple of times but was more into orchids at the time...must go again!
Ceherzog: then you should take a vacation to Costa Rica's Cloud Forest or Guatemala! It was quite the kick to get to see one on our last day in the forest! We saw a female, too, but couldn't get a picture of her.
Very nicely done anc certainly not invasive to the bird.!
It's my dream to see one of these.