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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.

Featured Species: Ruddy Quail-Dove (Geotrygon montana)

Ruddy Quail-Dove (Geotrygon montana) - male

The Ruddy Quail-Dove (Geotrygon montana) is a bird of the family Columbidae, which includes doves and pigeons. It’s the most widely distributed species of the quail-doves genus (Geotrygon), breeding throughout the West Indies, Mexico, Central America, and tropical South America, south to Argentina. It has appeared as a vagrant in Florida and southern Texas. In Panama it’s fairly common in forests throughout the country, to 1,200 m (4,000 ft).


Ruddy Quail-Dove (Geotrygon montana) - male

It is medium-sized (23.0-25.5 cm), with a stocky build. Sexes differ in plumage. The upperparts of the male are primarily brownish rufous; the most distinctive feature is a buff stripe across the sides to the head under the eyes. The underparts are primarily buffy.


Ruddy Quail-Dove (Geotrygon montana) - female

The female is similar in pattern, but duller with olive-brown upperparts. This bird is found in woodland and scrub forest. It also has adapted to coffee plantations. It is somewhat sensitive to forest fragmentation




Ruddy Quail-Dove (Geotrygon montana) - male

These birds forage on the ground, mainly eating seeds and small invertebrates in thick cover. Solitarily or in pairs.


Ruddy Quail-Dove (Geotrygon montana) - male

Iris is very dark brown, eyelids bright red, with pinkish bare skin of lores and above and below eye, dull red cere, dull red and brownish bill, and reddish tarsi.



Fortunately, during our search for this pair of quail-doves we also saw other birds in the forest.

Slaty-tailed Trogon (Trogon massena) - male

Slaty-tailed Trogon (Trogon massena) - male

Crimson-crested Woodpecker (Campephilus melanoleucos) - female.

Crimson-crested Woodpecker (Campephilus melanoleucos) - female.


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