Quetzals do their nest in old or dead trunks. The female perches in a branch for around 10 minutes near of the trunk that they choose to do the nest. In that moment the male is peck at the trunk to make a hole that will be used like entrance and exit. Then, the male finish with its work, and fly to a near branch, and the female keep on with the nest construction.
Quetzals have an altitudinal migration searching for food. They move in a range between 1,500 m to 3,000m in the Cordillera Central and Talamanca. After breeding, they remain in the same area.
The quetzals altitudinal migration is between the end of May until November and it depends on the availability of aguacatillo fruit which becoms scarce in those months in the area. Currently the fruit production for quetzals feed is abundant. Thanks to this the quetzal permanence around Quetzals Paradise occurs throughout the year.
The quetzal eats “aguacatillo” fruit. It is similar to the avocado but smaller. Also the quetzal eats nine types of fruits, including the wild black berry.
The quetzal feeding is similar to the hummingbirds; Quetzals take the fruit during the flight. They have the capacity to keep between 2 and 4 fruits in their mouth where they regurgitate for an hour and next throw out the seeds, which are ready to germinate.
Cerro de la Muerte mountain area is characterized by its cloud forest, with cool temperatures due to the altitude where it is located.
Quetzals Paradise is located in Kilometer 70 South route #2, and it is at 2,650 m.a.s.l.
Cerro de la Muerte Mountains keep low temperatures during the night and cool ones during the day.
The minimum temperature at night is about -3ºC (26.6ºF). During the day, the maximum temperature will be around 20ºC (68ºF)