The Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno) is found from southern Mexico to western Panama (unlike the other quetzals of the genus Pharomachrus, which are found in South America and eastern Panama).This quetzal plays an important role in Mesoamerican mythologies. The Resplendent Quetzal is Guatemala's national bird, and an image of it is on the flag and coat of arms of Guatemala. It is also the name of the local currency
Many count Quetzal among the most beautiful and ornate bird species in the Western Hemisphere, and the natives were so awestricken by their striking beauty that they referred to them as "The Rare Jewel Birds of the World." Shared via
The resplendent quetzal needs only about six minutes each day to find fruit. So, these birds have a lot of free time which they use for courtship. During the mating season, males grow a pair of long tail feathers that can reach up to three feet in length.