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Resplendent Quetzal

The Resplendent Quetzal

This beautiful bird above is a male resplendent quetzal. Male birds are normally more colorful and magnificent then the females to show off during mating season. The male's tail feathers are normally longer than its body. The male has a metallic green head, neck, back, chest, and wings. It's belly and lower breasts is a crimson red. The female looks exactly the same except that the crimson red is replaced by grey feathers. The female also do not have the beautiful tail streamers. (RL)


Video of a Resplendent Quetzal chirp and move its beautiful tail feathers
The Resplendent Quetzal
Photo 5 Credit: Victoria Porter via Flicker

Threats and Protection

The Resplendent Quetzal is being hunted for its beautiful feathers and its home is being destroyed by humans for the wood. The birds are also being captured for trade.(RL) Although these birds are legally protected in many areas such as Mexico, Guatemala, and Costa Rica, enforcement is still difficult. Guatemala made the Resplendent Quetzal its national bird that represents, beauty, and innocence.(ARK) These birds should be protected because they spread pollination around the forest to help the forest grow. They also attract many tourists to National Parks while the workers earn money. What can be done to save these birds is fairly easy. Save paper so less trees will be cut down. Donate money to help the forest grow.(RL)