Golden-headed Quetzal Pharomachrus auriceps


The Golden-headed Quetzal takes its name from a bronzy tint to the green colors of its head feathering, but this feature is not always apparent in the dim light of the humid montane forests where it is found. Throughout much of its range, the distribution of the Golden-headed Queztal overlaps with that of the Crested Quetzal, and it is not unusual to see or hear both species at the same site. These are the only two species of quetzals that overlap; it would be interesting to know more about the ecological relationships between the two species, but this has not been studied.

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  • Year-round
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Recommended Citation

Golden-headed Quetzal (Pharomachrus auriceps), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: