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

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Last year I had the opportunity to observe, arguably one of the worlds most beautiful and strange birds, the Andean Cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus).  This species is most easily observed when the males congregate at leks to preform their breeding displays.  Females on the other hand are much more difficult to observe as they are much more reclusive than the shy males.   Males perform their strange and loud breeding displays in the early light of the morning or at dusk, when their bold plumage is less visible to predators.  They are very difficult to photograph in the low light conditions they favour and with their quick movements; however I did manage to capture a few photographs of these spectacular birds.  Enjoy!

Andean Cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus), male.

Andean Cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus), male.

Andean Cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus), male.

Andean Cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus), male.

Andean Cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus), male.

Andean Cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus), male.

Andean Cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus), male.
Good birding!

~ Kristen Martyn

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