Andean Cock-of-the-rock

Rupicola peruvianus

Bird of the month - April

The funny looking Andean Cock-of-the-rock is one of the most popular birds of the cloud forests of the Western Andes in Colombia

This species is identified by its crest and brilliant orange plumage. Males spend much of their time displaying at leks, where they jump up and down on particular branches and utter low, guttural croaks. The name is derived from their preference for rocks and ledges as substrates for their mud cup nests. Often difficult to detect away from leks, birds can sometimes be found feeding at fruiting trees. Distributed from Venezuela to Bolivia in the Andes.

Bird of the month - April

The Andean Cock-of-the-rock is a must see if you travel to Jardín, it’s probably the easiest cotinga to see. It’s always active in the mornings and afternoons, specially near rivers. Easy to recognize in the distance because of its particular sound.

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Xeno-canto by David Edwards