They are found in forests and woodlands, especially in humid highlands , with the five species from the genus Pharomachrus being exclusively Neotropical , while the single Euptilotis species is found in Mexico and very locally in southern United States. [1] They are fairly large (all over 32 cm or 13 inches long), slightly bigger than other trogon species. [2] [3]

The resplendent quetzal is an aptly named bird that many consider among the world's most beautiful. These vibrantly colored animals live in the mountainous, tropical forests of Central America where they eat fruit, insects, lizards, and other small creatures.

The quetzal ( locally:  [keˈtsal] ; code : GTQ ) is the currency of Guatemala , named after the national bird of Guatemala, the resplendent quetzal .