Costa Rica’s Quetzal Season

Male Resplendent Quetzal with wild avocado fruit.

The Resplendent Quetzal ranks as one of the most beautiful birds in the world.  Even if you don’t consider yourself a birder, it’s hard not to be impressed when you catch a glimpse of vibrant emerald green in the cloud forest. 

A member of the Trogon Family, the Resplendent Quetzal is found in montane highlands from Chiapas, Mexico to western Panama including Costa Rica.  The best time to spot quetzals in Costa Rica is during their breeding season – February to May.  Fruiting laurel and avocado trees lure quetzals to their breeding territories making them easier to find. Our top picks for quetzal viewing in Costa Rica are the cloud forests of San Gerardo de Dota and Monteverde.

If you’re thinking of a trip to Costa Rica, contact one of our destination specialists to discuss where and when to go for the country’s best wildlife experiences.

Male Resplendent Quetzal at nest.
Female Resplendent Quetzal

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