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Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno)

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.

Birdwatching at Altos del María, Pt. 2 - Featured species: Orange-bellied Trogon (Trogon aurantiiventris)

One of the species we found in our latest trip to Altos del María was the Orange-bellied Trogon (Trogon aurantiiventris). A fairly common species which could also be found in Panama in foothills and highlands in the Central Mountain Range from Chiriquí and Bocas del Toro to Omar Torrijos National Park, and in El Valle de Antón, Altos del María and Cerro Campana area.

Orange-bellied Trogon (Trogon aurantiiventris) - male

The Orange-bellied Trogon is a species of bird in the family Trogonidae, formerly known as the orange-bellied morph of the Collared Trogon (Trogon collaris). It has been reported interbreeding with other races of Collared Trogon, further substantiating the claim that they may not be separate species, and is still considered conspecific with the Collared Trogon by many ornithologists.


Orange-bellied Trogon (Trogon aurantiiventris) - female

The Orange-bellied Trogon is found only in small portions of Panama and Costa Rica, where it can be found in humid, tropical forests and forest edges, searching for fruits and insects. We have observed and photographed this species in: BoquetePalo Seco Forest Reserve, Omar Torrijos National Park, Altos del María, and Cerro Campana National Park.



Orange-bellied Trogon (Trogon aurantiiventris) - male

Orange-bellied Trogon (Trogon aurantiiventris) - male

The male has green back, head and breast, and a white line separates the breast from the orange underparts. The undertail is white with black barring, and the wings are black, vermiculated with white.

Orange-bellied Trogon (Trogon aurantiiventris) - female

Orange-bellied Trogon (Trogon aurantiiventris) - female

The female has a brown back, head and breast, and orange underparts that are slightly paler than in the male. Undertail is more uniform, and not clearly barred.

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