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

Male and female quetzals on branch, Monteverde, Costa Rica. This species exhibits strong sexual dimorphism. The male and female have different color patterns, and the male has a much longer tail, a sexually selected character that is used 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.