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Andean Cock-of-the-Rock

Miranda Krestovnikoff presents the Andean cock-of-the-rock from Peru.

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Miranda Krestovnikoff presents the Andean Cock-of-the-rock from Peru. Deep in a cloud forest a female awaits the display of her displaying males. Gathered in front of her several head-bobbing wing-waving males, these males are spectacularly dazzling; a vibrant orange head and body, with black wings and tails, yellow staring eyes, and ostentatious fan-shaped crests which can almost obscure their beaks. Male cock-of-the rocks gather at communal leks, and their performances include jumping between branches and bowing at each other whilst all the time calling loudly. Yet, for all the males' prancing and posturing, it is the female who's in control. Aware that the most dominant and fittest males will be nearest the centre of the lekking arena, it's here that she focuses her attention.

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Sun 7 Feb 2021 08:58


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

Webpage image courtesy of Ben Lascelles /

NPL Ref 01394947 © Ben Lascelles /

Recording of Andean Cock-of-the-rock by Theodore A Parker, III / Ref: ML 31883

This programme contains a wildtrack recording of the Andean Cock-of-the-rock kindly provided by The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology; recorded by Theodore A Parker, III; on 8 Jul 1983, in Huánuco, Peru.


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