Resplendent Quetzals are considered one of the most beautiful birds in the world.
The male quetzal sports a metre long streamer feather in its tail; two feathers during mating season. Females do not have these tail feathers but sport the same iridescent green/gold and blue/violet plumage and crimson breast as the males do.
The Resplendent Quetzal is an endangered species; there are about 50,000 left in the world. Coming across one is quite rare.
We came across a few at Parque Nacional Los Quetzales in Costa Rica.
We had to climb up to an elevated mound in front of an Avocado tree; and wait for over 2 hours. The birds were hiding behind the leaves in their hollow nests; and when they came out, were hyperactive, not staying in one place. At last we got lucky when two males and one female came out to perch on a branch; fought each other for territorial rights and posed for some nice pictures.
The ten minutes of viewing the bird was worth the investment of a day long trip and hours of wait.