May 2, 2016 – Resplendent Quetzal or Magnificent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno) Female

Requested by: narspooky

These trogons are found in southern Mexico and throughout Central America. They eat mostly fruit, especially wild avocados, along with some insects and small vertebrates, such as frogs and lizards. Parents feed the chicks only insects after they hatch, introducing fruit, snails, and small vertebrates as they get older. Pairs build the nests, incubate the eggs, and care for the chicks together. Classified as Near Threatened by the IUCN, they have suffered significant population declines due to destruction of their cloud-forest habitat.

Also see the male Resplendent Quetzal.

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