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QUETZAL

 

The very rare and elusive Quetzal has been prized for centuries by the Mayan Indians. The priests would wear the tail feathers of the male quetzal. During mating season the male's tail can exceed 3 feet in length and is a spectacular sight when in flight. The quetzal is Guatemala's national bird, but very rare to see in that country as well.

 

We were extremely lucky to sight a pair just a few hundred feet from our cabin one morning about 6 a.m.

A magical, unexpected moment!

The chest is a deep red velvet, like a King's robe, the green  iridescent feathers are so vivid that the green was reflected onto the bark of the tree, a truly magical sight.

   

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