Resplendent Quetzal Nesting Update

Back on March 10 we posted a blog entry on the pair of Resplendent Quetzals who were excavating a nest hole on a rotting tree trunk close to the homestead. Following this date the Quetzals remained in the general area and were daily heard calling and courting. It wasn’t however until around May 10th, 60 days later, that we actually witnessed the pair entering the excavation hole and staying for extended periods of time apparently incubating eggs. It is now May 21st and the pair have been incubating their eggs for about 11 days. I was told from the locals that these birds wait until the summer rains begin to lay their eggs.

The nest hole is only 8 feet off the ground in a semi open area bordering forest. And only 20 meters from our caretakers cabin. There are dogs, children, horses and people nearby but this has not dampened the determination of this pair of birds from raising their young at this location.

The images here are all of the male incubating the eggs. His long tail feathers sticking over a foot out of the nest hole is a dead give away of his presence.

One Response to “Resplendent Quetzal Nesting Update”

  1. What a great shot!

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