Many consider the gorgeously plumed Quetzals to be the most beautiful birds in the world. Sacred to the ancient Mayans and Aztecs, royalty and priests wore its feathers in headdresses for rituals and ceremonies. These vibrantly colored birds live in the rainforests, where they where they primarily eat wild avocados, which they have a symbiotic relationship with, as the Quetzals swallow them whole and spread their seeds. They also eat fruit, lizards, worms, frogs, snails and insects.Quetzals use their strong beaks to hollow out rotted trees or stumps for nesting. When mating, male Quetzals grow twin tail feathers that form a showy, three foot long train. The striking bird represents liberty in the Mayan culture, and is the symbol of Guatemala.

  • Agility: 6/10

  • Charisma: 10/10

  • Intelligence: 5/10

  • Speed: 7/10

  • Stamina: 4/10

  • Strength: 3/10

  • Wisdom: 6/10

  • TOTAL: 41/70
The Quetzal’s strengths are its resplendent beauty and powerful beak.Weaknesses
Their size and lack of combat skills.Best Animals to Adapt With
The beautiful Quetzal is lacking in both strength and stamina, so a good choice for adaption would be the Black Caiman or the Anaconda- both of which excel in both of those categories.Enemies
The Quetzal’s predators are owls, the kinkajou, the gray squirrel, the Ornate Hawk-eagle and man.

Increasing Their Survival Rate
The IUCN classifies Quetzals as Near Threatened due to deforestation. For more information on how to help, visit the American Bird Conservancy.

Image credit: Dick Bos

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Quetzals figured prominently in art and the ancient Aztec and Mayan religions. It was believed the Quetzal would rather die than be held prisoner and therefore would not survive in captivity. To obtain their beautiful feathers, Mayans would pluck them and then set the birds free.