Quetzal The quetzals (Pharomachrus) belong tothe family of trogons (Trogonidae). Has a vertical crest of feathers on thehead, a black tail with white outer feathers,very long green feathers coverage of morethan 70 cm. His body is green metallic gold, blackwings with metallic green and deep redabdomen
Characteristics They have a varied diet, includingmany fruits insects and frogs. Itshabitat is the mountainous jungle inwet spaces. Usually lay two eggs(pale blue) per clutch in a hole in atree.
History This bird has a role in pre-Hispanicand modern mythology of the region.The chief priests and elders kingswore headdresses of quetzalfeathers. In the Nahuatl word quetzalmeans precious or beautiful, in voicesother Mesoamerican meaning sacredor erected
Dangers In Mexico the species is listed under thecategory of endangered. Quetzal populations in most of itsgeographical distribution, are declining dueto loss and fragmentation of mountainforests and illegal trafficking. The drasticreduction in reproductive habitat is thegreatest threat to the long-term persistenceof the species, and this is more evident inthose areas without conservation tools and