Resplendent Quetzal

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).

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 28 July 2009
Scientific Name
Pharomachrus mocinno
  • Trogoniformes
  • Trogonidae
  • Pharomachrus
  • P. mocinno
Conservation Status
Near Threatened (as of 21 March 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
14 to 39 inches
7 ounces


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

Czech (Cesky) Kvesal Chocholatý
Danish (Dansk) Quetzal
Dutch (Nederlands) Quetzal
Finnish (Suomi) Mayaketsaali
French (Français) Quetzal Resplendissant
German (Deutsch) Quetzal
Italian (Italiano) Quetzal Splendente
Japanese (日本語) カザリキヌバネドリ (Kazarikinubanedori)
Norwegian (Norsk) Praktkquetzal
Polish (Polski) Kwezal Herbowy
Russian (русский язык) квезал
Spanish (Español) Quetzal Guatemalteco
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