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quetzal

(kĕtsäl`) or

quezal

(kāsäl`), common name for a magnificent bird of the family Trogonidae (trogontrogon
, family of tropical jungle birds related to the roadrunners and including the quetzal. Trogons are sedentary arboreal birds, 10 to 14 in. (25.4–35.6 cm) long, with short rounded wings, long squared tails, and small weak legs.
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 family), found in the rain forests from S Mexico to Costa Rica at altitudes of up to 9,000 ft (2,745 m). It is strikingly beautiful, with a crested head, bronze-green back, and crimson and white underparts. Quetzals nest in holes, and lay from two to four eggs per clutch. The male shares incubation duties with the female. The nesting hole has a single entrance, not two as was once believed. The Aztec and Maya used the 2-ft (61-cm) shimmering green tail plumes of the breeding male ceremonially and worshiped the bird as the god of the air, associating it with the god QuetzalcoatlQuetzalcoatl
[Nahuatl,=feathered serpent], ancient deity and legendary ruler of the Toltec in Mexico. The name is also that of a Toltec ruler, who is credited with the discovery of corn, the arts, science, and the calendar.
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. The quetzal, Pharomachrus mocino, is the national bird of Guatemala, and a monetary unit of the country is also called a quetzal. Quetzals are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Trogoniformes, family Trogonidae.

Quetzal

 

(Pharomachrus mocino), a bird of the order Trogoniformes. The body (without the tail) measures approximately 40 cm long. The head, breast, and back are an iridescent green, the lower part of the breast and the abdomen are crimson, and the tail is black and white and entirely covered by very long (up to 80 cm) upper coverts. The bird inhabits the mountain rain forests of Central America, from southern Mexico to western Panama. It nests twice a year in tree hollows, producing two pale blue eggs at a time. The quetzal feeds on small fruits. The young are initially fed insects and small lizards, then fruits. The quetzal is the national bird of Guatemala.

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Una vez que se embarcan con la deuda de 40 mil quetzales para la travesia--o de 80 mil o 120 mil, dado que muchas familias mandan a dos o tres hermanos para que se acompanen--se habituan a una incertidumbre cronica respecto de su futuro, equiparable a la de enviar a un ser querido a la guerra.
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Legitima pero indiscriminadamente apropiados tanto por pequenos beneficiadores y empacadores locales, como por grandes empresas nacionales o de capital transnacional, quetzales y denominaciones de origen han reaparecido en un momento en el cual el cafe de Tarrazu experimenta una coyuntura de crisis de significativa importancia, tal y como se ha indicado en las paginas anteriores.
Atanasio volteo hacia el poniente y ya no logro mirar el vuelo majestuoso de los quetzales.
13) Los directivos de la ALMG aseguran que en 2007, a tres anos y medio de preparacion para poner en marcha el proyecto cultural y educativo del Canal 5, TV Maya, ellos ya habian invertido cerca de cuatro millones de quetzales solamente en la compra de equipo (Gonzalez Arrecis, 2007).
Helping migrants cross the river is a small industry for ferry-men who will take people across on an inner tube raft for a couple of quetzales.
Hace dos anos y medio llego a nuestra ciudad Lorena Villagran, una guatemalteca de 36 anos, cansada de partirse el alma trabajando sin nunca poder ganarse 900 Quetzales (150 dolares).
Et encore: << Est-ce que c'est vrai qu'ils vont recevoir 75 000 quetzales (1) en sortant de la montagne?
En el dibujo, Arbenz aparece avejentado, cargando un maletin en el cual se insinua lleva un millon de quetzales del "Banco Agrario" y una bolsa en la que se distinguen tres etiquetas: "traicion a Guatemala", "sacrificio al pueblo" y "esclavo comunista".
The fair-trade program they're a part of, sponsored by the Catholic mission in the lakeside town of San Lucas Toliman, pays coffee growers more than double the world-market price--200 quetzales.
Three years ago, after the price of coffee fell from 1,000 quetzales per hundred kilos to 350, Mendez could no longer find enough work to support his family.
As she boarded the plane, she was handed a wad of money, hundreds of quetzales for the orphans' parents and thousands for the police.