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Contact: Lee Siegel
University of Utah

Resplendent Quetzal

Caption: The resplendent quetzal (shown here) of Costa Rica's highlands is one of the main victims of the rainbow-billed toucan's move to higher elevations due to warming climate. The quetzal's mountain forest habitat also is growing drier. The quetzal was venerated by the Mayas and Aztecs as the "god of the air" and is the bird most sought-after by birdwatchers visiting Costa Rica.

Credit: Cagan Sekercioglu, University of Utah.

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