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Andean cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus) PNYC - Huampal, Pasco, Peru. Jul 15, 2020 Andean cock-of-the-rock,Geotagged,Peru,Rupicola peruvianus,Winter Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

Andean cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus)

PNYC - Huampal, Pasco, Peru. Jul 15, 2020

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  1. Now that's one I'd wanted to see for a long time! I had actually seen a female on the nest back in february, but this was the main show! Huampal is a great spot to see that species, as there is a lek about 20 meters from the campsite, and when I woke up in the morning, it was often the first species I saw outside my window! I spent a long time at the lek, watching up to 12 males doing their funny poses and croaking like maniacal giant frogs, with the mayhem turned up to eleven if a female showed up!
    What an absolute gem of a bird this is.
    (Note that this subspecies is much more orange than the birds Ferdy photographed in Colombia, which are crimson.)
    Posted 2 years ago, modified 2 years ago
    1. Love these birds, they're also my girlfriend's favorite.

      When we had our close encounter, I even had the feeling the frontal males were trying to out-compete me in silliness. On a second place we saw them, a more wild place, they were also the first thing we heard in the morning, yet always high up.

      Congrats on the find. The orange sub species is really cool!
      Posted 2 years ago
      1. It's funny in a way. Thire visual ornamentation definitely matches the human aesthetic, but their behavioral antics just look so goofy! Posted 2 years ago
        1. I was so caught in the discussion that I had not yet opened the photo fullscreen. Should be said, it's absolutely brilliant. Posted 2 years ago
          1. Thanks! Posted 2 years ago
  2. Aaaaaaw! one of my favorite birds! sooo nice! Posted 2 years ago
    1. The cotinga family has a bunch of stunners, but these are really up there among the top birds of the Neotropics. Posted 2 years ago
  3. The Guianan cock-of-the-rock is quite stunning too. Posted 2 years ago
    1. That's probably the bird I most want to see in the Americas! Posted 2 years ago
      1. Excellent place to see it is San Jose Del Guaviare in Guaviare department, Colombia.There are several excellent guide services that can take you to the leks. Many other special birds and other attractions like the rock paintings too. Posted 2 years ago
        1. Thanks for the tip! I dream about the Colombian lowlands... Posted 2 years ago
  4. This has blown my mind

    Posted 2 years ago
    1. Glad you liked it Niel! Posted 2 years ago
  5. Absolutely brilliant & I endorse what Peter says - San Jose del Guaviare is magic as are the guides I would recommend Biodiverso Travel - Cesar Arredondo Posted 2 years ago
  6. Today's Facebook post:

    The male Andean Cock-of-the-Rock (Rupicola peruvianus) is certainly the avian heartthrob of the South American cloud forests! Like many birds, this species exhibits major sexual dimorphism. Males have brilliant plumage and a large crest on their heads, which practically engulfs their entire face. In comparison, the females are drab, brownish-orange, and are nearly invisible in the dense forest foliage.

    Known as “Tunki” in the Quechua language, the Cock-of-the-Rock is the national bird of Peru! Before anyone jumps to conclusions about the origin of its common name, the Cock-of-the-Rock gets its name from its tendency to build nests on rocks and ledges. But, I’m sure that’s what you all were assuming…

    The flamboyant appearance of the males, combined with their spectacular mating displays, is sure to set any female’s heart aflutter. Here’s how it goes: to impress potential mates, males gather in a lek at dawn and compete with each other by emitting unique mating calls, bobbing, hopping, and displaying their colorful plumage. If a female approaches, the males get even more rambunctious. Truly a spectacular sight to behold!

    Cock-of-the-Rocks are mostly frugivorous, meaning they eat lots of fruit. But, they don’t digest the seeds. The seeds pass through their digestive systems unharmed. The birds defecate and regurgitate the seeds, sometimes at considerable distances from the parent trees. In this way, the Cock-of-the-Rock plays an important role in seed dispersal. {Spotted in Peru by JungleDragon moderator, Thibaud Aronson} #JungleDragon #Andeancockoftherock #Rupicolaperuvianus

    Check out more of Thibaud's photos, which truly span the globe! He truly has a knack for finding exceptional creatures wherever he goes: https://www.jungledragon.com/user/2959/popular

    Posted 2 years ago
    1. Thanks Christine! Posted 2 years ago
      1. You're welcome :) Posted 2 years ago
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    Posted 2 years ago

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The Andean cock-of-the-rock is a medium-sized passerine bird of the Cotinga family native to Andean cloud forests in South America. It is widely regarded as the national bird of Peru. It has four subspecies and its closest relative is the Guianan cock-of-the-rock.

Similar species: Passerines
Species identified by Thibaud Aronson
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By Thibaud Aronson

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Uploaded Nov 23, 2020. Captured Jul 15, 2020 07:58 in 5NA, Peru.
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • f/8.0
  • 1/60s
  • ISO4000
  • 560mm