National Geographic : 1998 Jun
FAITHFUL FATHER bringsfruit to his nestlings (left). The day before they fledged, I watched them squabble over anotherdelivery (below), holding my lens to a hole cut in the side of the tree. Quetzalparents take turns incubating andfeeding theiryoung; there's not room in the nestfor two adults.Dis tressed by predatorysquirrelsand toucanets, this female (above) tried to enter with her mate still inside. In contrastto males, females have dun colored heads and only a splotch of crimson on their abdomens and lack elaborateplumage.Equippedwith relatively weak beaks, quetzals carve their nests in dead trees, anywherefrom 3 to 50 feet above the ground.