Another Quetzal: longer streamers – but not perfect!

Male Resplendant Queztal (Pharomachrus mocinno). Cerro de la Muerta. Costa Rica. March

Male Resplendant Queztal (Pharomachrus mocinno). Cerro de la Muerta. Costa Rica. March

Male Resplendant Queztal (Pharomachrus mocinno). Cerro de la Muerta. Costa Rica. March

Male Resplendant Queztal (Pharomachrus mocinno). Cerro de la Muerta. Costa Rica. March

I was back out in the cloud forest at 6am yesterday morning heading for another Resplendent Quetzal nest. During a 5-hour watch at the nest I had a number of opportunities to photograph both male and female birds as they went foraging food. This male bird has also lost some tail streamers – he now has one long and one short streamer!

In Mayan mythology, it is said that this bird used to sing beautifully before the Spanish Conquest and will do so again once the Mayan lands are free. To hear an example of a rather mournful Resplendent Quetzal vocalization click below.

(Sound from http://www.xeno-canto.org/)

This was my last chance on the trip to find and photograph the perfect bird – perhaps next year!

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