Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Quetzal - The threatened colorful bird

Today's theme on the A-Z challenge must be the toughest because of the alphabet Q. I feel that i am compelled to share something that is unique and that which will linger in our heads for the longest time, and this is why i choose to write about the Quetzal bird.

The Quetzal bird is an aptly named bird that many consider among the world's most beautiful. These vibrantly colored animals live in the mountainous, tropical forests of Central America where they eat fruit, insects, lizards, and other small creatures.Sadly, it is yet another of the species that is found on the endangered list. A fact that most may not know is that during mating season, male Quetzals grow twin tail feathers that form an amazing train up to three feet (one meter) long.However, females do not have long trains, but they do share the brilliant blue, green, and red coloring of their mates. Unlike humans,male Quetzal colors tend to be more vibrant, whereas the human females tend to be associated more with the bright vibrant colours!


  1. What a beautiful bird. I've never heard of them. Thanks for sharing.

  2. A stunning bird. I'm glad to read both the males and females have brilliant coloring. Most of the time, the females get the shaft. I also find it interesting the male Quetzal grows tail feathers three feet long. A phallic symbol if I ever saw one. Good luck with the challenge!

  3. Beautiful! Makes me think of Queztlcoatl of ancient Maya. Thanks for sharing!

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

  4. What an unusual looking bird, and such beautiful colouring!


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