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BIRD OF THE WEEK
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Rupicola peruvianus
HABITAT: Subtropical and cloud forests of the Andes Mountains from Venezuela to Bolivia
The male Andean Cock-of-the-rock is an unmistakable sight, with brilliant red-orange plumage, black-and-white wings, and a large fan-like crest that almost completely obscures its bill. Known as tunki in Quechua, this cotinga is the national bird of Peru and is related to other distinctive tropical fruit-eaters such as the Banded Cotinga, Long-wattled Umbrellabird, and Bearded Bellbird.
Why is this bird called a”cock”? We can only guess that the male bird reminded early observers of a rooster. It’s also hard to imagine a bird much cockier than this one!