MANÚ BIOSPHERE RESERVE PERU
When you think of the wildlife of the Amazon Basin and its hinterlands, what animals come to mind? A jaguar stalking through the undergrowth? Scarlet macaws squabbling at a clay lick? Unseen piranhas swimming silently through a tea-coloured tributary?
Perhaps it should be none of these. Peru’s national bird, the Andean cock-of-the-rock, is as unlikely an assemblage of flaming orange and black as ever appeared at a cocktail party. It largely inhabits the higher reaches of Amazonian cloud forest, from Venezuela to Bolivia.
The conservation organisation Crees gives you the opportunity to experience the cock-of-therock lek (when males display to potential mates), and get involved in environmental programmes and sciencebased research. You might help to monitor fruit-baited butterfly traps, or set footprint and camera-traps for species such as tapirs, peccaries and even jaguars.
Watch a male cock-of-the-rock displaying at a lek in Peru.