Kingdom : Animalia
                                   Class : Aves
                                Family : Trogonidae
                 Scientific Name : Pharomachrus, 

                                Colour : Green, Blue, 
                                                Red, White, 
                                               Bronze, Grey,
                           Skin Type : Feathers
                               Size(H) : 35cm - 40.5cm 
                                               (14in - 16in)
                               Weight : 200g - 225g
                                               (7oz - 8oz)

                          Life Span : 20 - 25 years
Most Distinctive Feature : Soft and deep 
                                              but loud calls
                           Fun Fact : The tail feathers 
                                               of the Male can 
                                               be 1m long
  1. Quetzals are medium-sized birds found in Central American rainforests.
  2. There are six subspecies of Quetzals which are classified based on their geographical location.
  3. All the subspecies are a part of the Trogon family of birds.
  4. They one of the most strikingly beautiful birds with a metallic plumage of incredible colors.
  5. The males have metallic blue or green body with deep red belly and chest and have two long tail feathers.
  6. They also have a tuft of golden green feathers that form a distinctive crest on their heads.
  7. The female quetzals are also similarly colored but are not that bright and do not have tail feathers.
  8. The females also differ in their chest and belly color and their tuft color.
  9. All quetzals have two toes facing forward and two toes facing backwards to help them balance themselves on tree branches
  10. They inhabit the cool, moist rainforests at altitudes of 4,000-10,000 feet and the foggy cloud forests.
  11. They live in tree holes that are high up near the canopies and are either made by them or abandoned by woodpeckers.
  12. They do not walk much and are quite inactive as they weak feet do not support walking.
  13. They communicate amongst themselves through a variety of noises which are specific to various purposes.
  14. The female quetzals lay 1-3 eggs which are incubated by both the parents and hatch after 3 weeks.
  15. The chicks are cared for by both the parents till they fledge and are known to be close to their fathers for the first few years.
  16. They are omnivores feeding mainly on fruits and occasionally on insects, lizards and frogs.
  17. Their natural predators are squirrels, owls and hawks.

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