Quetzal Sexual Selection

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
Organisms Animals
Animals Birds
Conservation Endangered species
Lessons Endangered species
Date 1998
Location Monteverde,Puntarenas,Costa Rica,North America
Sexual Selection: Male Quetzal Coloration, Costa Rica
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Male quetzals, with their extremely long tails and showy coloration, are an excellent example of sexual selection.

Male quetzal on branch, Monteverde, Costa Rica. 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 shown 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.