4 Exquisite Species of Birds That You Probably Didn't Know Existed on Earth

There are roughly between 9,000 and 10,000 species of birds on our planet, however we only see a limited amount of them in our every day life, but each of them plays a vital role in our lives. They do not only balance the ecosystem, they also make the world an even more beautiful place.

1. Resplendent Quetzal

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(Pharomachrus mocinno) is a species of bird from the Trogon family. The male has shimmering plumage, green on the top, red on the bottom. Feathers are raised on the head. The beak is intense yellow.

Both sexes are brooding.

The male Resplendent Quetzal is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful birds in the world and played an important role in pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations (Aztec and Mayan), symbolizing i.e. beauty and love of freedom. In the days of the Aztec and Mayan it was a crime to kill a Quetzal and was punishable by death.

The bird often stays motionless for a long time, flying in between trees looking for fruit, insects, lizards and frogs.

The species is found in the rainforests of Central America, however the Resplendent Quetzal is classified as near threatened on the IUCN Red List due to habitat loss.

The image of the bird is on the flag and the emblem of Guatemala.

2. Royal Flycatcher

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(Onychorhynchus coronatus)

There are 4 species of royal flycatchers all with the “royal crown” occuring in both sexes but differing in color which is generally only o