Nesting male Quetzal

Title Info
Common name Quetzal,Resplendent
Scientific name Pharomachrus mocinno
Taxonomic group Trogonidae
Source Dan L. Perlman
Selection and adaptations Selection; Coloration
Coloration Attracting mates
Selection Sexual selection
Behavior Nesting
Organisms Animals
Animals Birds
Conservation Endangered species
Lessons Endangered species
Date 1998
Location Monteverde,Puntarenas,Costa Rica,North America
Nesting male Quetzal at nest tree, Costa Rica
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Male quetzal at nest tree, Monteverde, Costa Rica. This species nests only in snags (dead trees), and this male is about to enter its nest. Quetzals are altitudinal migrants, moving from one elevation to another among various forest types at specific times of the year. They nest in cloud forest, a high-elevation type of rainforest, as in this image. Note the bright colors and long tail of the male, which are both sexually selected characters. The long tail figures prominently in mating display flights to attract females. This species is listed under Appendix I of The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, which means that it is considered too endangered to allow it to be traded internationally.