A male Crested Quetzal Pharomachrus antisianus. Quetzals are a group of largely frugivorous birds in the trogon family Trogonidae. They’re famous for being really, really shiny. Have you ever heard of Quetzalcoatl, the Nahuatl name for the Mesoamerican Feathered Serpent? Yeah, he’s got Quetzal feathers (specifically, Resplendent Quetzal feathers) because Quetzalcoatl was too fabulous for anything else.

This male and his mate were nesting near my friends’ house so they came by the same place pretty predictably, which was great for viewing!

Un quetzal crestado Pharomachrus antisianus macho. Quetzales son un grupo de aves frugívoros en la familia de trogones Trogonidae. Son famoso porque son muy, muy brillante. ¿Conoces Quetzalcoatl, el nombre Nahuatl para el dios Serpiente Emplumada Mesoamericana? Tiene plumas de quetzales (específicamente plumas de un quetzal guatemalteco/mesoamericano) porque nada más es suficientemente bueno para Quetzalcoatl.

Este macho y su compañera estaba anidando cerca de la casa de mis amigos así estaba en el mismo lugar todos los días, así era fácil a verlos. ¡Muy fantástico!


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The El Triunfo

In part of the Sierra Madre de Chiapas mountain range in Mexico lies the El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve, an amazing 294,493.5 acres of tropical deciduous forest, montane rainforest in the lowlands followed by pine oak forest. Along the highest ridge of the reserve is one of the largest extensions in the country of evergreen cloud forest. These humid environments favor the abundance of arborescent ferns, (Cyathea) some reaching up to 49 feet (15 m) tall. Short rivers flow into the Pacific Ocean on one side and the rivers on the other side of the divide start one branch of the grand Grijalva-Usumacinta River ending in the Gulf of Mexico.

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