Link to enlarge image K5741 © Justin Kerr Charles Zidar

Family:  Trogonidae
Genus:  Pharomachrus
Species:  mocinno
Authority:  De la Llave, 1832
Common Name:  Resplendent Quetzal
Maya Name:  K’uk’
Faunal Type:  Bird
Depictions:  Polychrome Ceramics
Significance:  Male quetzal tail feathers (plummets) were used for elite Maya headdresses. Kukulcan was created in the likeness of a quetzal. Feathers were prized and frequently traded by the Maya. Feathers were usually harvested with no harm done to the bird. Feathers would grow back once the bird molted. The bird was considered very sacred.
Photos:  Click on an image below for high resolution comparison.

Other Faunal Photos:   Additional views of the faunal species, click on a photo below to view larger image.
Artifact Photo(s) Courtesy of Justin Kerr (FAMSI); Animal Photo(s) Courtesy of Wikipedia GNU General Public License Version 1.2, November 2002; Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0/2.5 License(s).

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