Andean Cock-of-the-rock
Rupicola peruvianus

Aguas Verdes, San Martin, Peru, October 2018 - click for larger image San Martin, Peru
October 2018

The Andean Cock-of-the-Rock is distributed in the Andes from Venezuela to central Bolivia. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is found in the eastern slope at between 500 and 2,300 metres. It requires rock ledges usually near running water on which to nest.

Llanteria, San Martin, Peru, October 2018 - click for larger image The male varies in colour depending on the sub-species. This male is of the sub-species R. p. aequatorialis noted, like the nominate for its bright orange as opposed to reddish-orange plumage and its yellow eye and eyering as opposed to reddish in the other 2 sub-species.

They are members of the Cotinga family and the males form leks where they display for the attention of a female with which to mate.

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