Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Least Concern

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


Taxonomy

French: Coq-de-roche péruvien German: Andenfelsenhahn Spanish: Gallito de las rocas peruano
Taxonomy:

[Pipra] peruviana

Latham

, 1790,

Chanchamayo, Junín, Peru

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Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • R. p. sanguinolentus Gould, 1859 – W Andes of Colombia and NW Ecuador.
  • R. p. aequatorialis Taczanowski, 1889 – Andes of W Venezuela (NW Barinas, Táchira), C & E Andes of Colombia, and E slope in Ecuador and Peru (S to Amazonas and N San Martín).
  • R. p. peruvianus (Latham, 1790) – C Peru (S San Martín S to Junín).
  • R. p. saturatus Cabanis & Heine, 1860 – #RSE Peru (S from Cuzco) and W Bolivia (La Paz, Cochabamba).
  • Descriptive notes

    30·5–32 cm; one male 266g, female 213–226 g (sanguinolentus). Plumage unmistakable; bill strong, and wide at base, becoming laterally compressed... read more

    Voice

    Male call at lek a loud “youii”, less raucous than that of R. rupicola, also a... read more

    Habitat

    Montane forest, especially in ravines and along streams; 500–2400 m.

    Food and feeding

    Fruit, large insects, and small vertebrates. Fruits of many plant families and species recorded, those of Lauraceae, Annonaceae and... read more

    Breeding

    Little exact information for most of range. Breeding mainly in Feb–Jul in S Colombia and laying in Aug in Ecuador and Bolivia, but... read more

    Movements

    No long-distance movements reported; individuals range some distance from restricted breeding... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. Uncommon to locally common or fairly common; generally local or very local. Large lek exists near Cock-of-the-rock Lodge, in Peru. Occurs... read more

    Recommended citation

    Snow, D. (2017). Andean Cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/57061 on 23 September 2017).