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Andean Cock-of-the-rock(M)

Andean Cock-of-the-rock(M)
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Copyright: Ang Hwee Yong (Meerkat) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 896] (5258)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-08-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR
Exposure: f/4, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-08-13 2:55
Viewed: 2525
Points: 14
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* (Notes from Birdforum)

This is the national bird of Peru


32cm, 1.5 in long
A member of the cotinga family and one of the two species in the genus Rupicola
A medium-sized passerine with a large disk-like crest and scarlet or brilliant orange plumage, a black tail and wings. The bushy crest on the forehead lends an unusual shape to the head, and makes identification even easier (although the coloration is usually enough). Color of the non-black plumage and of eyes differ among subspecies.

The female is browner and darker with a shorter crest.


Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia


Gorges and ravines in cloud forest on both slopes of the Andes.


The diet consists mainly of fruits.
[edit] Breeding

Males are polygamous and display in communal leks. The females build shallow nests with mud and plant material on the walls of rocks, hence the common name.

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Dear Ang,
a most unusual bird, besides the head the wing feathers also look odd, and I add your photo to my theme "Nature's Oddities"

The head plus 'cape' make me think of the carnival in Venice :-)

Your notes are educational, thank you and I like the natural colours.
Thanks for sharing.
Warm Greetings from the Tzaneen Dam in Limpopo, South Africa

Hello Ang,
Interesting bird!Haven't seen before.Well captured.Nice colour.Looks like Victorian Lady!
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

Hello Ang!
An interesting and beautifully colored bird. You captured it very well; fine details and a pleasant, well matched background. TFS
Best Regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-08-13 6:57]

Hello Ang Hwee,
Excellent photo of this Andean Cock-of-the-rock. Great sharpness, details and marvellous eye contact. Very beautiful colours with a nice contrasting background.

Dear Ang
照的清晰 真是漂亮的鳥 色彩很迷人 鳥的形狀更是奇特
構圖美麗 背景漂亮

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2013-08-13 13:48]

Hi Ang,
Wow what a wonderful bird,
amazing details and colors , lovely composed !
Congratulations !
Best regards !

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2013-08-14 6:41]

A beautiful bird and an excellent picture. Congratulation and thank you for sharing it. SAludos.

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