Catch a Glimpse of the Andean Cock-of-the-rock

When you’re taking along the cloudy mountain ranges of the Andes, you are bound to see a brightly red colored bird. Most likely this will be the Andean cock-of-the-rock. This bird is known for that sexual dimorphism and the male looks very brightly colored with a large disk-like crest and scarlet plumage. The female looks slightly different and significantly darker and browner. 

The birds behavior in brief

During mating, a number of male cock-of-the-rocks gather around a female to compete for breeding. Once the meeting is over the female makes a nest under a rock and this is how the name comes to be. The Andean cock off the rock consumes a lot of fruit but is also in insectivore. Sometimes, it may even eat smaller mice and other such mammals.

Females lay eggs which are usually white in color. These eggs are then incubated for 25 to 28 days before the hatchlings appear. The birds help in maintaining ecology and in the dispersion of seeds. A number of fruit growing trees and flower bearing plants are dependent on the birds’ role in saving the ecology. The Andean cock-of-the-rock is preyed on by larger birds which are attracted by the male birds, whose behavior is conspicuous. Eagles, hawks, owls, jaguars, and even mountain lions eat these birds. 

Where can you find them?

They are found all over the cloud forests that the lower reaches of the Andes are famous for. Thankfully, this bird is not in danger, and is available in plenty all over Peru, where ever there are cloud forests.

You will definitely come across these boards if you’re hiking to the mountains. Make sure to take a number of pictures because your friends will be astounded by your skills in wildlife photography. For more details about hiking, contact us today.

Jude C

I am a travel enthusiast who has closely worked with different communities in India. My interests range from alternative rock to English literature. I also happen to love cats a lot.

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