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Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno)

Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno) - male Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno) - male Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno) - female Interesting facts: Their habitat is montane cloud forest from Southern Mexico to western Panama.  The male has a helmet-like crest.  Depending on the light its feathers can shine in a variant of colors from green-gold to blue-violet.  In breeding males, tail coverts are longer than the rest of the body.  It is classified as near threatened due to habitat loss.

Giant Anole (Dactyloa microtus)

Our Chiriquí correspondent, Rafa Gutierrez, sent us these pictures of this species of Giant Anole, Dactyloa microtus (synonym Anolis microtus), an iguanian lizard belonging to the family Dactyloidae with 391 species.

Anolis microtus is a short-legged giant anole with a total length of 330mm, has light yellow or tan ground color, marked with a series of light brown-centered dark bands that may change to green on flanks, and a postorbital stripe.

Its habitat is undisturbed rainforests of the premontane zones and marginally into similar forests of the upper lowlands from northwestern Costa Rica to southwestern Panama. It's apparently a canopy species and rare.


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