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Quetzals are solitary birds that are poor flyers. There are four species of quetzals; they live in South and Central American rainforests, and are in danger of extinction. These brilliantly-colored bird were sacred to the Mayans, and figured prominently in their legends and art. Quetzals do not survive in captivity.

Anatomy: The male quetzal has tail feathers that are up to three feet (1 m) long. The female's tail is much shorter.

Diet: Quetzals eat mostly fruit, but also eat worms, frogs, insects, larvae, and snails.

Predators: Predators of the Quetzals include the kinkajou, the gray squirrel, the Ornate Hawk-eagle and owls.

Reproduction: Quetzals nest in rotting trees. The female lays 1 to 2 light blue eggs. The incubation period is 18 days. Both parents incubate the eggs and feed the hatchlings.

Classification: Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Chordata, Class Aves. Order Trogoniformes, Family Trogonidae, Genus Pharomachrus.

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