An­dean cock-of-the-rock

Manu Na­tional Park, Peru

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - September -

To at­tract a mate, An­dean cock-of-the-rock males spend time dis­play­ing at leks (courtship dis­play ar­eas), show­ing off their brilliant orange plumage by jump­ing up and down and mak­ing low, gut­tural croak­ing sounds. To see this en­ter­tain­ing spec­ta­cle by Peru’s na­tional bird, you’ll need to head to the cloud forests of the An­des. Manu Na­tional Park in south­ern Peru, one of the world’s most bio­di­verse ar­eas, is a good place to start. Here, the cock-of-the-rock lekking sea­son runs from Au­gust to Novem­ber (and some­times later).

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