Andean Cock-of-the-Rock

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Common Name: Andean Cock-of-the-Rock>br> Scientific Name: Rupicola peruviana

Size: Andean: 12 ½ inches (32cm)

Habitat: South America. The Andean Cock-of-the-rock is distributed in Andean cloud forests from Venezuela, through Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, to Bolivia. The preferred habitat is humid forest near rocky outcrops.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: Unknown.

Diet: Diet consists mainly of fruit.

Breeding: Males are polygamous. Females are significantly darker and browner than the males and has a shorter crest. They build shallow nests with mud and plant material on the walls of rocks. The female lays 1-2 eggs. The male does not participate in the building of the nest or the incubation of the eggs.

Cool Facts: The common name comes from part of their nest building materials, rocks.

Like Birds of Paradise, Cocks-of-the-Rock have elaborate mating rituals. Males gather in a clearing taking up positions they held during previous mating seasons and have competitive courtship displays. They spar individually with their neighbors often putting on extravagant mating dance, plumage displays and vocal challenges with each other to woo a female.

The Andean Cock-of-the-Rock is the national bird of Peru.

Found in Songbird ReMix Cool and Unusual Birds 2

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