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The Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno), well known for its colourful plumage, is found in the cloud forests of Central America, and is in the trogon family. It is the Guatemala National bird. It is also believed to be one with great powers according to many legends spanning various cultures. It was sacred to the ancient Mayan and Aztec peoples, who considered it a "god of the air" and a symbol of goodness and light. The Resplendent Quetzal is omnivorous. Its favourite foods are fruits that are associated with the avocado family but they will also dine on insects and small vertebrates such as lizards and frogs. The Resplendent Quetzal is roughly 14 - 16 inches in length but its long train of tail feathers adds an additional 24 - 25 inches. The male is more colorful than the female so that it will be able to attract the attention of the females. Females are less colorful and do not have a long train of tail feathers. This helps the female to be less conspicuous and hide from predators. On the Resplendent Quetzal's head is a small crest of spiked yellow and green feathers. The eyes are black, and the beaks of males are yellow, while the beaks of females are black.
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