Pavonine Quetzal Pharomachrus pavoninus


The Pavonine Quetzal is a stunning trogon of the Amazon Basin.  It is found in terra firme forest at low elevation in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil and is replaced by other similar species of quetzal further west in the Andes.  Metallic green overall with a red belly, the Pavonine Quetzal can be visually separated from other similar species by its reddish bill.  Males are green-headed with black undertails, while females have grayish heads with a gray breast band and white barring on the outer tail feathers.  This species has a call that consists of a long, mournful whistle followed by a shorter whistle; additionally, a series of deep, short whistles is sometimes given.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

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