animals that start with Q: Quetzal


The Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno) has colorful plumage on its head and body. These birds are very beautiful. Unfortunately, the quetzal is registered as a threatened bird on the IUCN Red List.

The birds live solitarily and are commonly found in Central American countries, lie El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua Honduras, as well as Panama. High altitude cloud-forests are their favorite dwellings but their ability of flying is pretty poor.

They can grow up to 36–40 cm with tail feathers about 65 cm long. Meanwhile, they weighs about 210 g. These birds have green bodies with red plumage breasts. The males are characterized with yellow beaks while the females have black beaks.

The females are dominated with brown in color while the males have black head, neck and chests; The Resplendent Quetzals feed fruits especially avocado fruits, but ants, frogs and wasps sometimes become their preys.

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