Decked out in a spellbinding combination of shimmering emerald and crimson red and this sumptuous suit is crowned by a mask of glittering gold

A bird dazzling in his green attire, with a golden crown on his head and a brilliant red belly beneath.

The golden-headed quetzal (Pharomachrus auriceps) is about 13 to 14.2 inches (33 to 36 cm) long, including the tail feathers.

Decked out in a spellbinding combination of shimmering emerald and crimson red and this sumptuous suit is crowned by a mask of glittering gold

Their wingspan ranges from 12 to 14.2 inches (30 to 36 cm), and they weigh between 5.4 and 6.4 ounces (154 and 182 g).

Adult males have iridescent green heads with a golden tint, brilliant red bellies, and a yellow beak.

Females are distinguishable from males by their dark head, dusky beak, and gray specks on their breast. Males and females both have black undersides on their tails.

This bird is a resident in wet mid-elevation woods ranging from eastern Panama to northern Bolivia.

The golden-headed quetzal likes humid highland woods.

Decked out in a spellbinding combination of shimmering emerald and crimson red and this sumptuous suit is crowned by a mask of glittering gold

The golden-headed quetzal is an omnivorous bird that feeds on fruit, ants, and frogs.

However, avocados and laurel tree fruit make up the majority of their food.

These birds all deposit 1 to 2 eggs and incubate them for 18 days throughout the breeding season.

Decked out in a spellbinding combination of shimmering emerald and crimson red and this sumptuous suit is crowned by a mask of glittering gold

The male and female will alternate sitting on the nest. Both parents also alternate feeding the chicks, who will leave the nest in around 20 days.

Because this species has a fairly vast range, it does not approach the limits for Vulnerable under the IUCN’s range size criterion.

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