Pavonine Quetzal (Pharomachrus pavoninus)
Male Pavonine Quetzal, Palmarí, Amazonas, Brazil, September 2003 - click for larger image Palmarí, Amazonas, Brazil
September 2003

The Pavonine Quetzal is distributed in the western and central parts of the Amazon Basin.

It is found in the mid-storey, sub-canopy and canopy of terra firme forest.

It is a spectacular trogon and the male shows its metallic emerald green head, upperparts and upper breast contrasting with scarlet lower breast and belly with a black undertail. The bill is orange-red becoming yellow on the tip. The female is duller with some black on the bill, brown on the head and breast and some white on the brown undertail.

There is an illustration in HBW, Volume 5, Page 124.

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