Family Trogons (Trogonidae)

Least Concern

Crested Quetzal (Pharomachrus antisianus)


French: Quetzal antisien German: Kammtrogon Spanish: Quetzal crestado

Trogon Antisianus


, 1837,

Yungas, Bolivia


Closely related to P. mocinno (which see). Monotypic.


Mountains of N Colombia and NW Venezuela (Sierra de Perijá) S along Andes to Ecuador, Peru and WC Bolivia.

Descriptive notes

33–34 cm. Male with orange-yellow bill, metallic green head with short forehead crest; unique in genus, iris red; plumage metallic emerald-green, with lower breast to... read more


Song apparently undocumented, but probably very similar to that of P. mocinno; call a loud... read more


Middle levels to subcanopy of humid upper tropical and subtropical forest, cloudforest, edge, and... read more

Food and feeding

Fruits and berries, but also insects, lizards, frogs. Most often seen in trees with larger fruit such as Persea and Ocotea... read more


Birds in breeding condition in Feb–Jun. Nest in hole in dead tree or limb. No further details known.


In Colombia, downslope displacement to c.1000 m appears to occur on Pacific slope in Jun–Aug.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Reckoned to be fairly common generally in much of range. However, rather uncommon in Colombia, where present in Cueva de los Guácharos... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2019). Crested Quetzal (Pharomachrus antisianus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 24 July 2019).