The spectacular Resplendent quetzal is Guatemala’s national bird, and an image of it is on the flag and coat of arms of Guatemala. It is also the name of the local currency. The resplendent quetzal was considered divine, associated with the “snake god”, Quetzalcoatl by Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations. Its iridescent green tail feathers, symbols for spring plant growth, were venerated by the ancient Aztecs and Maya, who viewed the quetzal as the “god of the ai
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Japanese Crane in the Winter time - Nobles of Japan used to eat crane and turtles - two animals representing longevity. When the ban on commoners consuming crane was abolished, the animals were nearly wiped out. Few remain today and efforts to breed and release more into the wild continue.
Title Bee-eater Artist Guido Montanes Castillo Medium Photograph
How can I resist him? You can't :)
theanimalblog: “ Black and Red Broadbill Pair. Photo by Harprit Singh ”