The Resplendent Quetzal is an important symbol in both Aztec and Mayan culture. The quetzal is associated with the snake god Quetzalcoatl and seen as a symbol for goodness and light. Quetzalcoatl was even represented as a serpent adorned with the feathers of a Resplendent Quetzal .
Does the Quetzal Make a Good Pet . Quetzals are Endangered. They react very badly to being placed in captivity. Even established zoos have major problems keeping them to a standard where they will breed in captivity.
Vocalizations. The song of the Resplendent Quetzal is a series of “deep, smooth, slurred notes in simple patterns: keow kowee keow k’loo keow k’loo keeloo often strikingly melodious” (Stiles and Skutch 1989).
Near Threatened (Population decreasing)
large brilliant tail feather
The Mayan Pantheon: Gods and Goddesses Itzamna . Itzamna is a creator god, one of the gods involved in creating human beings and father of the Bacabs, who upheld the corners of the world. Yum Kaax. A nature god, Yum Kaax is the god of wild plants and animals, the god of the woods. Maize God. Hunab Ku. Kinich Ahau. Ix Chel. Chaac. Kukulkan.
Description of the Fiery-Throated Hummingbird – Quetzal .
They are carnivorous, feeding mainly on fish and small game taken from the ground.
wiki says it should take 15 hours to hatch, took about 20 for this one.
There was nothing else the bird could do. When the great leader died, the quetzal flew off, his chest crimson with the blood of the fallen warrior. From that moment on, all male quetzals have their breast feathers the colour of blood. Nowadays, the quetzal bird is Guatemala’s national symbol.
The Ruta Quetzal (also called Aventura 92 and Ruta BBVA in different stages) was an education and cultural exchange project for young people directed by the famous Spanish adventurer Miguel de la Quadra-Salcedo.