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Resplendent Quetzal

(Pharomachrus mocinno)


Category: Birds



These small, colorful birds, with their iridescent green and red plumage are not only admired for their beauty, but are also an important part of Mesoamerican mythology. Because it was considered divine, it was a crime to kill a quetzal; to obtain its precious tail feathers for use in ritual, it was captured and released after plucking the desired feathers.




Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Aves
Order - Trogoniformes
Family - Trogonidae
Genus - Pharomachrus
Species - P. mocinno

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