The golden-headed quetzal (Pharomachrus auriceps) is a colorful bird native to highlands forests in South America.
Males and females are approximately the same size, having a total length of ca. 35 cm and a weight of 160 g. as adults. Adult males are iridescent green with a golden cast to their heads, black wings, bright red bellies, and a yellow bill. The female is duller with a greyer head and lower chest and a dusky bill. Both sexes have an entirely blackish undertail unlike the crested quetzal.
Habitat and behavior
Golden-headed quetzals occur in the Andes of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. They live in humid highland forests and are uncommon to locally fairly common. They are solitary, seasonally monogamous birds which share the 18-day incubation period of their two eggs and the feeding of their offspring during the fledging period of 25 to 30 days. The nest is usually placed in a hollow in an old tree. Their diet mostly consists of fruit and insects, with the occasional small lizard.
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- Page from the Houston Zoo with a photograph accessed October 18, 2005
- Golden-headed quetzal videos, photos & sounds on the Internet Bird Collection