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Pavonine Quetzal - BirdForum Opus

Photo by arthurgrosset.
Photo taken: near Tabatinga, Brazil.
Pharomachrus pavoninus


33-34 cm

  • Metallic emerald or golden green head, upperparts including uppertail coverts longer than the tail (some sources mention reflections of head sometimes being coppery red)
  • Underparts include emerald green upper breast, scarlet lower breast and belly with a black undertail (there is no white separation of green and red)
  • The bill is orange-red becoming yellow on the tip.


  • Similar but with less glossy head and shorter uppertail coverts (reaching to but not beyond the tip of the tail)
  • Three part underside, from front to rear with golden-green, glossy olive-green, and salmon-orange
  • Undertail with white tips on black feathers
  • Bill and feet horn.


Amazon Basin.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Lowland forest.


May join mixed species flocks.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Ber van Perlo. 2009. A field guide to the Birds of Brazil. Oxford University Press, New York, NY, USA. ISBN 978-0-19-530155-7
  3. Restall, R., C. Rodner, M. Lentino. 2006. Birds of Northern South America. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300124156

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