Eared Quetzal

Euptilotis neoxenus

Order

TROGONIFORMES

Family

Trogons (Trogonidae)

Code 4

EAQU

Code 6

EUPNEO

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Near Threatened

The Eared Quetzal has a small range, confined to parts of the United States and Mexico, where it is native. This bird prefers forest ecosystems though it has been known to reside in water degraded former forests. The global population of this bird is small and it is subject to dangers from heavy and frequent logging. This bird currently meets population size criteria that necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. The current evaluation status of the Eared Quetzal is Near Threatened.

SUMMARY

Overview

Eared Quetzal: Large, small headed with long, broad tail. Black head, black-green back and breast. Black-blue tail is white underneath. Bright red belly and dark bill. The name "quetzal" is from an Aztec word, quetzalli, which translates to "large brilliant tail feather." AKA Eared Trogon.


Range and Habitat

Eared Quetzal: Breeds in the Sierra Madre Occidental of Mexico south to western Michoacán. Sometimes seen as a vagrant to southeastern most Arizona, and has bred there. Range includes part of the Madrean Sky Islands region of southeastern Arizona, southwestern New Mexico, and northern Sonora. Resident of streamside pine-oak woodlands, oak-conifer forests and canyons.

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Eared Quetzal SONGS AND CALLS

Eared Quetzal QQ1

Song is a series of weak whistles, "wheer-ee-eerr wheer-ee-eerr".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"kweeeeeeee-chk", "fwee, fwee, fwee, fwEErk, fwEErk"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Eared Quetzal was recently renamed, it was previously known as the Eared Trogon.
  • This species have been observed to exhibit aversion to large areas of conspicuous color on and near human observers, including white, red, orange, and blue.
  • This species was first described by John Gould, the English ornithologist, in 1838.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

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Artist

Samira Belous

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