White-tipped Quetzal Pharomachrus fulgidus

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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.

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

Recommended Citation

White-tipped Quetzal (Pharomachrus fulgidus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/whtque1