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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.

Featured species: Fiery-billed Aracari (Pteroglossus frantzii)

Fiery-billed Aracari (Pteroglossus frantzii) 

The Fiery-billed Aracari (Pteroglossus frantzii) is a toucan that breeds only on the Pacific slopes of southern Costa Rica and western Panama. Like other toucans, it is brightly marked and has a large bill. Small flocks, usually consisting of up to 10 birds, move through the humid lowland forests.

Fiery-billed Aracari (Pteroglossus frantzii) 

It is colorful; having a black head and chest and dark olive-green upperparts, apart from a red rump and upper tail. There is reddish collar on the rear neck. The underparts are bright yellow, with a round black spot in the center of the breast and a red band across the belly. The thighs are chestnut. The bare facial skin is black, becoming ruddy behind the yellow eye. The upper mandible of the bill is bright orange, the lower mandible is black, and the legs are green.

Fiery-billed Aracari (Pteroglossus frantzii) eating sangrillo (Croton panamensis) fruits

It’s primarily an arboreal fruit-eater but it also takes flowers, insects, as well as the eggs and young of birds as large as pigeons and woodpeckers. The latter may also be forcibly ejected from their nesting holes by this aracari, which will then use the newly vacated cavity for its own brood.

Fiery-billed Aracari (Pteroglossus frantzii) eating macano (Diphysa americana) flowers

The population is suspected to be in decline as range contractions have taken place in Panama. The species formerly occurred in east Panama and on various islands such as Boca Brava, Cebaco and Gobernadora.


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