The quetzale is an aptly named bird that many consider among the world’s most beautiful. These vibrantly colored animals live in the mountainous, tropical forests of Central America where they eat fruit, insects, lizards, and other small creatures.
Resplendent quetzals are also known as Guatemalan quetzals, and the birds are the symbol of that nation. Be deemed with state-bird in 1872.
Unfortunately, these striking birds are threatened in Guatemala and elsewhere throughout their range. They are sometimes trapped for captivity or killed, but their primary threat is the disappearance of their tropical forest homes. It is the World-class protected animals.