Bird

Cock-of-the-rock

Area: 
Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Boliva
Habitat: 
Humid forests, also called cloud forests
Food: 
Fruit, insects, mice, and small amphibians and reptiles
Size: 
12 inches long
Babies: 
Female incubates two eggs for about 28 days. She cares for the chicks by herself. It takes 42 to 48 days before a chick fledges.
These birds are important seed dispersers in the forest.
Orange Alert!

 

 

Talk about eye-catching! A male cock-of-the-rock’s bright orange color and fan-shaped crest of head feathers really make this birdAn animal that has wings and is covered with feathers. Birds have a backbone, are warm-blooded, produce young from eggs, and walk on their two legs. Most can fly. stand out. Females are a more brownish color that helps them blend in with the mud nests they build. But for a male cock-of-the-rock, being seen is important to finding a mate.

 

At breeding time, males gather in a spot called a lekAn area where males of one species gather to attract and breed with females of the same species. Can also be a group of males, such as a lek of hummingbirds, that band together to get the females' attention.. Think of it as a sort of stage where they put on a show—their courtshipAll behavioral patterns leading to breeding or pair formation. display. The males bob up and down, hop around, and bow this way and that. The display includes sound, too. Males try to attract females with a call that sounds like a squealing pig, but they also grunt, squawk, chuckle, and snap their bills. Females watch from branches nearby.