Breeding

The resplendent quetzal has a certain “postmodern” quality. These birds are monogamous each season once they have completed the spring mating ritual, which involves the male wooing the female with its prowess. They both care for the young.

RQ breed and nest in the high altitudes of montane regions (up to 10,500 feet in elevation) in the peak of the Lauraceae fruiting season. The resplendent quetzal takes over the abandoned nests of other birds, particularly the woodpecker, and modifies them to suit its needs. In order to aid the resplendent quetzal, environmentalists and government agencies have put human-made boxes in quetzal areas, many of which have been set aside as national parks or reserves where every attempt is being made to preserve the species.

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Quetzal Box Nest
Young Quetzal