MANU NP PERU
There are beautiful birds and there are strange birds, and normally they are distinct groups. But there is an exception to this rule – the shimmering, neon-orange-andblack-coloured Andean cock-of-the-rock with its perfect semicircle of a crest atop its head (though in some ways the Guianan species looks even more eccentric). Found in the mid-altitude cloud forests of the Andes, the cock-of-the-rock is also renowned for its lek dancing, in which groups of males strut their stuff to potential females. The upper reaches of Manu National Park, one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots, in southern Peru is as good a place as any to start your quest.
The beautifully eccentric cock-of-the-rock is the national bird of Peru.