Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock

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Common Name: Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock

Scientific Name: Rupicola rupicola

Size: Guianan 12 inches (30cm)

Habitat: South America. The Guianan Cock-of-the-rock is distributed in the mountainous regions of Guyana, eastern Colombia, southern Venezuela, Suriname, French Guiana and northern Amazonian Brazil. 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.

Found in Songbird ReMix Cool and Unusual Birds 2

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