French: Quetzal resplendissant German: Quetzal Spanish: Quetzal guatemalteco
Other common names:
Costa Rican Quetzal (costaricensis)
de la Llave
Guatemala and south Mexico (Chiapas)
Subspecies and Distribution
P. m. mocinno
de la Llave, 1832 – S Mexico (Oaxaca and Chiapas), Guatemala, Honduras, E El Salvador and NC Nicaragua.
P. m. costaricensis
Cabanis, 1869 – Costa Rica (except Cordillera de Guanacaste) and W highlands of Panama (E to Veraguas).
36–40 cm, with tail-streamers up to 65 cm more; 180–210 g. Male nominate race with bill yellow, partly hidden by green filamentous feathers radiating in laterally... read more
Song a steady “k’yoi-k’yow, k’yoi-k’yow, k’yoi-k’yow, k... read more
Canopy and subcanopy (sometimes much lower) of undisturbed humid epiphyte-laden evergreen montane... read more
Food and feeding
Fruit; also insects, small frogs, lizards and snails. Largely frugivorous, strongly preferring fruits of Lauraceae. Thus, foods recorded at... read more
Mar–Apr in Mexico, although a report from Chiapas of May–Jul/Aug; May–Jun in El Salvador, Mar–May in Guatemala, Mar... read more
Resident in Mexico, but altitudinal shifts, presumably in response to changes in fruit abundance:... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. CITES I. Considered Vulnerable in 1970s, but subsequent evidence suggested that it was reasonably secure; new... read more
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