Resplendent Quetzal
A male
Resplendent Quetzal female
Female at nest hole
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Inopinaves
Clade: Afroaves
Order: Trogoniformes
Family: Trogonidae
Genus: Pharomachrus
Species: P. mocinno
Binomial name
Pharomachrus mocinno
La Llave, 1832[2]

P. m. costaricensis
P. m. mocinno

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Range of P. mocinno

The Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno) is a bird in the trogon family. It is found from Guatemala to western Panama (unlike the other quetzals of the genus Pharomachrus, which are found in South America and eastern Panama). It is well known for its colorful plumage. There are two subspecies, P. m. mocinno and P. m. costaricensis.

This quetzal plays an important role in Mesoamerican mythologies. The resplendent quetzal is Guatemala's national bird, and an image of it is on the flag and coat of arms of Guatemala. It is also the name of the local currency (abbreviation GTQ).

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  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Pharomachrus mocinno". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named ITIS

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