Crested Quetzal (Pharomachrus antisianus)

Order: Trogniformes | Family: Trogonidae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Southeast Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Southeast Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Southeast Peru

Age: Immature | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southeast Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~33.5 cm (13.1 in). Adult males are iridescent green with a bushy crest, bright red belly, and yellow bill. Females are similar but have a dusky head, dusky bill, and gray in the breast. Males have a pure white underside of the tail, females have dark underside of the tail with some white barring. The Male Crested Quetzal is distinguished from the similar Golden-headed Quetzal by pure white underside of the tail and no contrast between head and back color.

Status: The Crested Quetzal is rare to uncommon in the montante forest east of the Andes at elevations ranging from 1000-2300 m. It overlaps with Golden-headed Quetzal, but ranges at lower elevations. It also occurs in Co, Ec, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Quetzal Crestado.

Sub-species: Crested Quetzal (Pharomachrus antisianus) Orbigny, 1837.

Meaning of Name: Pharomachrus: Gr. Pharos= mantle and makros = long. antisianus: From an Inca word Anti=copper, sianus= which was mined there.

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Distribution Map
Crested QuetzalVoice


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 11/09/2014.