Research Project Title

Nesting Preferences of the Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno costaricensus) based on Aguacatillo Tree (Persea caerulea) Density

Session Type

Poster Presentation

Research Project Abstract

The resplendent quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno costaricensus) is an endangered bird that lives in the cloud forests of Costa Rica. They primarily eat the fruit of aguacatillo trees. Our goal was to measure and compare the density of aguacatillo trees around used and unused nest sites. To do this, we collected data from 11 potential sites. Research was conducted near the Quetzal Education Research Center (QERC), near San Gerardo de Dota, Costa Rica. Our research showed a suggestive, but non-significant relationship between quetzal nesting preferences in relation to aguacatillo abundance.

Session Number

PS3

Location

HUB Multipurpose Room

Abstract Number

PS3-p

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Nesting Preferences of the Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno costaricensus) based on Aguacatillo Tree (Persea caerulea) Density

HUB Multipurpose Room

The resplendent quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno costaricensus) is an endangered bird that lives in the cloud forests of Costa Rica. They primarily eat the fruit of aguacatillo trees. Our goal was to measure and compare the density of aguacatillo trees around used and unused nest sites. To do this, we collected data from 11 potential sites. Research was conducted near the Quetzal Education Research Center (QERC), near San Gerardo de Dota, Costa Rica. Our research showed a suggestive, but non-significant relationship between quetzal nesting preferences in relation to aguacatillo abundance.