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Quetza~ Bird: only Montezuma could wear it's beautiful feathers. It would be a death sentence for anyone else to catch and kill this bird.

I'm so going to find the elusive Quetzal bird while I'm in Guatemala. I love this little guy!

The Quetzal: Guatemala's National Bird. There's a legend about how the Quetzal got its red chest: he landed on dying Mayan ruler Tecún Umán's chest after being wounded by Spaniard Don Pedro de Alvarado. After that moment the Quetzal's chest turned forever red. The Quetzal is a symbol of freedom, as these birds cannot live in captivity.

Quetzal bird, the national bird of Guatemala, if you are ever a tourist and see one it is said you will have good luck and an unforgetable adventure.

The Quetzal is a strikingly colorful bird in the trogon family found in the mountainous tropical forests of Central America

Quetzals are strikingly colored birds in the trogon family. They are found in forests and woodlands, especially in humid highlands. They are fairly large (all over 13 inches long), slightly bigger than other trogon species. Quetzals have iridescent green or golden-green wing coverts, back, chest and head, with a red belly. These largely solitary birds feed on fruits, berries, insects and small vertebrates (such as frogs).

The Blue Dacnis (Dacnis cayana) is also known as the Turquoise Honeycreeper

Quetzal, Pharomachrus mocinno.