The resplendent quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno) is an extraordinary gift of nature to southern Mexico and Central America. With its captivating beauty and its profound cultural significance, the quetzal has become a symbol of the region. We will explore the importance of this magnificent with its paper in the ecosystem, as well as its vulnerability and the need to protect its habitat. Find out more about the resplendent quetzal and its fascinating history here.
- Number laTino: Pharomachrus mocinno
- CaracTerística colorida única: Metallic green and blue plumage with a red chest
- Where found: Central America
- Tamaño: Length: 14 to 16 inches (36 to 40.5 cm); Weight: 6.5 to 8 ounces (180 to 225 g)
- Deeta: fruit and insects
Once considered sacred to the ancient Aztec and Mayan cultures, the resplendent quetzals often accompanied chiefs in battle, and priests wore the brilliant feathers of the birds during important ceremonies.
As the breeding season begins, the male grows a long train of blue-green feathers that he uses to attract a female in elaborate displays of flight.
Once the male is accepted, the seasonally monogamous pair will build a nest in the cavity of a dead tree and alternately incubate a clutch of two eggs.