Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Least Concern

Guianan Cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola rupicola)


Taxonomy

French: Coq-de-roche orange German: Tiefland-Felsenhahn Spanish: Gallito de las rocas guayanés
Taxonomy:

[Pipra] Rupicola

Linnaeus

, 1766,

Cayenne

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

E Colombia (locally SE Vichada S to Vaupés), S Venezuela (Amazonas, Bolívar), the Guianas, and locally N Brazil (from upper R Negro region E to Amapá, S to c. 100 km N of Manaus).

Descriptive notes

27–32 cm; adult male average 218 g (2-year-old male 210 g, yearling male 200g), female 203 g. Plumage unmistakable; bill strong, wide at base, becoming laterally... read more

Voice

Male calls at lek a variety of loud, raucous, crowing notes, usually uttered in confused chorus.... read more

Habitat

Humid forest, mainly near rocky outcrops; to 2000 m, mostly below 1200 m.

Food and feeding

Mainly fruit, usually plucked in flight; also large insects, small reptiles and frogs. Fruits of many tree families and genera recorded;... read more

Breeding

Only detailed study Surinam, where laying Jan–May. Male displays on ground at communal lek, up to 50 or more (usually fewer) males... read more

Movements

No long-distance movements recorded. Female with young in nest, fitted with radio transmitter, did... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Fairly common, but local. Requirement of rocky outcrops limits its range, but most populations occur in remote, little-... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. & Sharpe, C.J. (2017). Guianan Cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola rupicola). 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/57060 on 25 September 2017).