The White-tipped Quetzal occurs in the Santa Marta mountains of northern Colombia and in the mountain ranges of northern Venezuela. Ranging form 900 to 2500 meters, it occurs in a wide variety of habitats from sub-tropical to temperate forests, cloud forests, secondary growth and forest edge. The crown and nape are a green-bronze with bright green breast, back, rump and upper tail-coverts. The belly and under tail-coverts are bright red, wings and upper tail are black with the under tail appearing white. Feeds on fruits and berries which it plucks while sallying from a perch though it been seen eating a large lizard on at least one occasion. Though it has the smallest distribution of any quetzal, it's fairly common within it's range.