Resplendent Quetzal and the Forest

Resplendent Quetzal and the Forest

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The Resplendent quetzal (pronunciation: /ˈkɛtsəl/) (Pharomachrus mocinno) is arguably one of the most beautiful birds of the World.

San Gerardo de Dota is the best region in Costa Rica to see and photograph the Quetzal in all its glory. It can be seen all year long, but October to January are good months for photography because the Quetzal is a lot more approachable, normally perching in trees on the side of the road.

The cloud forest morning, the home of the Resplendent Quetzal

The resplendent quetzal was considered divine, associated with the “snake god”, Quetzalcoatl by Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations. Its iridescent green tail feathers, symbols for spring plant growth, were venerated by the ancient Aztecs and Maya, who viewed the quetzal as the “god of the air” and as a symbol of goodness and light.
Resplendent Quetzal perched on a mossy branch
Resplendent Quetzal perched on a mossy branch
Resplendent Quetzal perched in the Highlands of Costa Rica in the morning
Resplendent Quetzal perched on a mossy branch
Cloud Forest in the highlands of Costa Rica
Resplendent Quetzal perched on a mossy branch at the highlands of Costa Rica
Resplendent Quetzal perched on a mossy branch at the highlands of Costa Rica
Resplendent Quetzal perched on a mossy branch at the highlands of Costa Rica
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