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Indian Peafowl Feathers. Credit: USFWS

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Quetzal Feathers
Credit: USFWS.

Quetzal Feathers

Common Name: Resplendent Quetzal
Scientific Name: Pharomachrus mocinno
Protected Status: Species Act - Endangered; CITES - App. I
Laboratory Section: Morphology
What’s the Story? The spectacular golden-green plumes of male quetzals were used to decorate the crowns of Aztec kings, and are now sometimes seen in illegal international trade.

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