Observation Tour of Quetzales

The Quetzal: With its metallic green plumage, chest and belly and feathers crimson amazing serpentine, see a quetzal male in his magical flight is a unique, impressive.



Quetzals can be found in the jungles of Central America, from southern Mexico to Panama. Scientists recognize two subspecies: Resplendent moccino, found in southern Mexico, Guatemala and parts of El Salvador and Honduras, and Pharamochrus costarricencis mocinno, in southern Nicaragua, Costa Rica and northern Panama. Of all the countries where quetzals are, the better chance of seeing them in their natural habitat is probably in Costa Rica, where the high cloud forests are home to significant populations of the species.
In these ecosystems inhabited by many species of flora and fauna, some of which are endemic to the Talamanca area. Of the birds, perhaps the most remarkable for its beauty is the Quetzal, a distinctly Mesoamerican species considered "near threatened" by the World Conservation Union. You can also find hummingbirds, goldfinches and others. Mammals include tapirs, peccaries and puma. Los Quetzales lush nature park reaches its peak in the mountain cloud forests of oak, and dwarf forests on high and the moor.
In the past, indigenous peoples of the New World admired the beauty and grandeur of the Quetzal and performed frequently with his gods, in the sculptures. The Mayans called Quetzal Kukul was her sacred bird. In Aztec mythology, Quetzalcoatl was, "The Plumed Serpent." The nobility of these indigenous birds use long streamer-like feathers of the headdress and robes. The chroniclers report that they killed the birds feathers instead taken alive, had taken the feathers, then returned to their natural habitat to grow new ones.
The feeding habitats
Quetzales Trogonidae belong to the family. The feeding habitats of all members of this family are very similar. They feed mainly on fruits, wild figs and avocados from the wild avocado tree, but also feed on insects and lizards few. The fruit starts Quetzal avocado tree during flight, and then sits for a while before swallowing the whole fruit. Later, he spits the seeds, so they are the only dispersed seeds of these trees in a symbiotic relationship. Since in San Gerardo de Dota is not a high presence of these trees, available all year, offers the bird the opportunity to stay here without moving from the Valley.
The breeding season is generally from late March to April. He chooses his partner and his entourage of high-flying in circles and then falls and lands hard on the tops of the trees. The female usually lays two eggs, pale blue, with a size of approximately 35 x 30 mm. Both parents incubate the egg for 17 or 18 days and the young birds remain with parents for about a month, after which time the plumage is completed and ready to fly.
Inside the Los Quetzales National Park are four different paths. Two of them (Ojo de Agua and Providence Road) are ideal for bird watching in the middle of a forest of oak. The other two trails (mission and Rio Frio) are for heavy and it takes between 5 to 7 hours to cover.
From 6:00 to 8:00 am, the resident guide will lead a walk looking for birds, especially Resplendent Quetzal. This is the best way to wake up to nature! During the walk, which could become one of the lucky people to catch this beautiful bird.
Select one of our 3 different nature trails. They vary in length and difficulty. Trail # 1 and # 2 to the east, being # 1 for longer. Route # 2 heads west and ends at the San Gerardo de Dota.


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