Cock of the rock

Immature male taken at the Cincinnati Zoo

The Andean Cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus) is a medium sized. Males have brilliant orange plumage and a large disc-like crest. Their tails and wings are black in colour and their wings have a row of pale grey feathers along the inside edge, so when they are folded they appear to have stripes down their back. Females are chestnut in colour and they have a much shorter crest.


  • Where to see them: South America, Andes
  • Length/Height: 1 ft
  • Habitat: Tropical cloud rainforests
  • Diet: Fruit and insects
    Female cock of the rock


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