Blogging Thru the Alphabet – Animals – Q is for Quetzal


I’m joining in the Blogging Through the Alphabet series with Through the Calm and Through the Storm as well as Adventures with Jude. I will be having animals as my theme.

Here are my past posts in case you missed them:

A for Aardvark    B for Badger    C for Capybara    D for Dodo    E for Eagles  F for Falcons

G for Giraffe  H for Hedgehog   I for Ibis    J for Jackal   K for Killer Whale   L for Leopard

M for Macaw   N for Nyala   O for Okapi  P for Porcupine

Well, Q doesn’t offer a whole lot of choices when it comes to animals (well, to a lot of things actually) but I thought the Quetzal (pronounced /ketSAHL/ ) looked interesting so let’s learn about it today!


Scientific Name: Pharomachrus mocinno

They are often called the resplendent quetzal. Resplendent is an adjective meaning shining brilliantly; gleaming; splendid.

Some say this is the worlds most beautiful bird…which I might agree, it definitely is gorgeous!

It is found in the tropical forests of Central America.

The Quetzal is an incredibly colored bird with males displaying a bright metallic green or blue on most of their bodies besides the deep red of the chest and belly. The male Quetzal also has a distinctive tuft of golden green feathers that form a crest on top of their heads and immensely long twin tail feathers that can grow up to three feet in length. They are normally around 15 to 16 inches in length (not including their tail). As with other members of the Trogon family, the feet of the Quetzal are unique with two toes facing forward and two back on each foot that aid when perching high in the trees.

They are an omnivore (plant and meat eater) and eat insects, fruit, lizards and other small creatures.

They make soft, deep noises that can be very loud and they are known to use different calls depending on the situation.

Both the mom and the dad incubate the eggs (normally 2 or 3). Young quetzals can fly at around three weeks of age.

Interesting facts:

  • Resplendent quetzals are also known as Guatemalan quetzals, and the birds are the symbol of that nation. Guatemala also trades in currency known as the “quetzal.”
  • The Quetzal was seen as a sacred animal to ancient native people including the Aztec and the Maya and was often referred to as The Rare Jewel Bird of the World, along with regularly being depicted in native art. The long, bright tail feathers of the males were also used in garments worn by royalty

I hope you enjoyed learning about these amazing animals as much as I did! Come back next week when we cover the letter R and learn about the rhinoceros.

Now go check out all the other posts of those who are joining in with Blogging Through the Alphabet. They can post this entire week so make sure to check back and see what has been added!

Enjoy the journey!


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2 thoughts on “Blogging Thru the Alphabet – Animals – Q is for Quetzal

  1. Tim February 24, 2016 at 8:08 am Reply

    I’m not sure if I’ve ever heard of these before, and I know I’ve never seen one!


  2. Annette Tinholt Vellenga February 24, 2016 at 7:06 pm Reply

    The quetzal is a cool bird. It was neat to hear more about this very lovely bird.


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