Family Trogons (Trogonidae)

Least Concern

White-tipped Quetzal (Pharomachrus fulgidus)


French: Quetzal brillant German: Glanztrogon Spanish: Quetzal fúlgido

Trogon fulgidus


, 1838,

Guiana? = northern Venezuela


Has been considered possibly to form a group with P. pavoninus and P. auriceps or with P. mocinno and P. antisianus. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. f. festatus Bangs, 1899 – Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and adjacent areas in N Colombia.
  • P. f. fulgidus (Gould, 1838) – N Venezuela (Coastal Range).
  • Descriptive notes

    33 cm. Male of nominate race has yellow bill, bronzy golden-green head with very small frontal crest, glossy emerald-green upperparts and breast, red lower breast to... read more


    Calls a loud “kirra” or “kirra, kip”, and variable “kieer, kip-kip-... read more


    Middle levels and canopy of humid forest, cloudforest, borders, clearings, second-growth woodland,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Fruits and berries. Observed sallying to pluck fruit from trees.


    Birds in breeding condition in Jan–Apr; nest-cavities located in Mar and Aug. Nest in dead stub, trunk or limb, sometimes in old... read more


    No information.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Caripe-Paria Region EBA, Cordillera de la Costa Central EBA and Santa Marta Mountains EBA.... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. (2019). White-tipped Quetzal (Pharomachrus fulgidus). 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 18 July 2019).