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Resplendent Quetzals - The Rare Jewel Birds of the World

These splendidly plumaged birds are found in certain areas of Southern Mexico and Central America.

They were sacred to the ancient Maya and Aztec peoples, who considered them “gods of the air” and symbols of goodness and light.

In more recent times, these birds have become tourist attractions and, therefore, hold great economic importance; and are the subject of great cultural pride throughout their native range. Please visit this webpage for photos and information. via Beauty of Birds

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It has taken me three trips to Panama to find and photograph this bird! The Resplendent Quetzal, reputed to be the most beautiful and ornate bird in the western hemisphere. The breeding male has gleaming emerald tail feathers that can be more than 65cm long. They are the party streamers of the rainforest.