Quetzal ´s are bright, vibrant coloured birds from the family trogon. They are a medium sized bird typically seen inhabiting the moist, tropical rainforests of Central America, and even in Mexico and Panama. They are known for their strikingly beautiful coloured plumage and is considered one of the most beautiful birds in the world.

The males of Quetzal display a metallic green or blue on most of their body, contrasting with the bright red plumage on their chest and belly. They also have a distinctive tuft of golden-green feathers that form a crest on the top of their heads and long tail feathers that can grow to around one meters in length.

They are found throughout the dense rainforests of Central America where they prefer high mountainous areas. They typically inhabit the cooler, moist areas where there is an abundance of vegetation. Their bright colours mean they are camouflaged against the backdrop of their natural habitat.

They typically perch high up in the tree canopies, where they are very active. They are quite inactive on the forest floor due to the characteristics of their feet. These birds have a very distinctive call, and are known to have different ones for different situations. They usually make soft, but loud noises. They are usually the most vocal at dusk and dawn, when it is foggy, and are very rarely vocal on sunny and windy days.

Quetzals are omnivorous, and avid hunters. They have a predominantly fruit based diet, but they also eat lizards, frogs and snails when the fruit is scarce. They are extremely skilled hunters as they are able to swoop down and catch their prey before eating it when they are still in flight.

As far as reproduction goes, the female lays between one and three eggs in a nest that they built within the bark of a tree. They are incubated by both the male and the female, but the male’s tail is often seen poking out of the side of the nest when he is incubating the eggs. After a three week incubation period, the eggs hatch. The chicks are born helpless, and are fed by their parents until they are strong enough to begin moving about. The chicks can usually fly after three weeks of being born, and once they are confident enough, they will leave their parents to establish their own territory.

Unfortunately, these striking birds are threatened in Guatemala and elsewhere throughout their range. They are sometimes trapped for captivity or killed, but their primary threat is the disappearance of their tropical forest homes. Even with their famous bright plumage, they can be hard to see in their natural wooded habitats.