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Resplendent Quetzal

Rhinoceros Hornbill

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  • Aythya americana
  • Ducks & Geese

About the Resplendent Quetzal

The Resplendent Quetzal is a spectacular bird in the trogon family that lives in Central America from southern Mexico to northern Panama. It is 14 inches long with a tail that can be up to 25 inches long.

They have a green body and red breast. The male has a helmet-shaped crest and a yellow beak, while the female's beak is black.

The Resplendent Quetzal is the national bird of Guatemala where it is even pictured on the flag and it is the name of the local currency (the Guatemalan quetzal).

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 28 July 2009
Scientific Name Pharomachrus mocinno
  • Trogoniformes
  • Trogonidae
  • Pharomachrus
  • P. mocinno
Birdorable Family Trogons, Cotingas & Compadres
Conservation Status Near Threatened
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 15 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
14 to 39 inches
7 ounces
Range Central America


From IUCN Red List:
The Resplendent Quetzal is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species is listed as Near Threatened because it is suspected to be experiencing a moderately rapid population decline, owing to widespread deforestation. Monitoring is required to confirm the rate of decline, and the results could lead to uplisting to a higher threat category.

International Names

  • Kvesal Chocholatý (Czech)
  • Quetzal (Danish)
  • Quetzal (Dutch)
  • Mayaketsaali (Finnish)
  • Quetzal Resplendissant (French)
  • Quetzal (German)
  • Quetzal Splendente (Italian)
  • カザリキヌバネドリ (Kazarikinubanedori) (Japanese)
  • Praktkquetzal (Norwegian)
  • Kwezal Herbowy (Polish)
  • квезал (Russian)
  • Quetzal Guatemalteco (Spanish)

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Birdorable 197: Resplendent Quetzal

Birdorable 197: Resplendent Quetzal

We're reaching the end of our 17-day long Birdorable Bonanza. Today's new bird is this spectacular Resplendent Quetzal. Males sport very long tail streamers and a helmet-like crest. It's officially the Birdorable ... more