Resplendent Quetzal

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Resplendent Quetzal

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Character Data
Japanese Name: ケツァール
Romanised Name: Ketsāru
First Featured in: Kemono Friends (2015 Game)
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Pharomachrus mocinno
Distribution: Chiapas, Mexico to western Panama
Diet: Herbivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: 3-10
Read More: Resplendent Quetzal
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 NT.svg.png
Resplendent Quetzal Pavilion Nexon Game

Resplendent Quetzal is a type of Friend that appeared in the original Kemono Friends mobile game.

Appearance

She has gray eyes and a mostly aquamarine long hair, with a blue line in the middle and yellow green at the tips. She has two wings ath the side of her head with white feathers, and an aquamarine tail with multiple feathers, two of them larger than the rest and curved upwards. She wears a red blazer with black feathers under her sleeves, a two-toned scarf matching her hair and a red bow tie. She has a gray circular skirt that fades with a white gradient at the bottom, white leggings that grade to darker gray colors near the bottom and matching dark gray shoes.

In Real Life

Front shot of a male Resplendent Quetzal.

Resplendent Quetzals are a species of bird that lives the mountainous, tropical forests of southern Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and western Panama. Those birds are about the size of a pigeon, with characteristic metallic green and crimson red coloration. Male colors tend to be more vibrant and they have feathers on top of their head that forms a crest-like structure. But perhaps the male's most attractive feature is their magnificent tail, that can be up to 3ft. (90cm) long and it's said to reminiscent the movement of a snake when they fly.

Resplendent Quetzals spend their lives in very moist rain forest zones, among lush vegetation where their loud colors are somewhat camouflaged. They inhabit decaying trees and stumps where they excavate holes so they can use as a nest, usually located around 15-45 ft. from ground level. Resplendent Quetzals feeds mostly on fruits that resemble miniature avocados, but they also feed on insects, small frogs and lizards.

Trivia

  • The word quetzal comes from the náhuatl "quetzal", meaning precious tail of shining and iridescent feathers.
  • The Resplendent Quetzal is associated to several legends and myths by the pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations, including the gods Quetzalcoatl of the Aztecs and Kukulkan of the Mayans, both depicted as a feathered snake.

References

http://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Pharomachrus_mocinno/

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/r/resplendent-quetzal/

http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/22682727/0

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