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Resplendent Quetzal

(Pharomachrus mocinno)

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Male is unmistakeable:a large bright green bird with red belly, green crest on head, white underneath tail, yellow bill, and a few extremely long tail feathers (streamers); female, lacking streamers, is duller green with brown-gray chest, red belly, white and black barred tail, and two-toned bill: dark above, yellow below; to 37cm (14.5 in), plus very long tail streamers in males. (Feníx del Bosque, Quetzal).


High elevation wet forests, Caribbean and Pacific slopes; found in tree canopy in forest interior and forest edge areas. This species is endangered.

Found in the following Parks:

Braulio Carrillo National Park.
Irazú Volcano National Park.
La Amistad National Park.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve (Fotos).
Poás Volcano National Park.

If you want to read about Eco-Tourism, Ecology, Behavior, Breeding and more of Costa Ricas' Fauna, we recommend to buy the Travelers' Wildlife Guide of Costa Rica by Les Beletzky (or Belesky) with beautiful illustrations by Davis Dennis. This priceless guide is our constant companion, when we travel around Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.
To buy the complete book visit Interlink Books

The team of Discovery Travel World wishes you the best of times in our little paradise called Costa Rica.

Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno), Costa Rica