Friday’s Featured Organism: Rupicola rupicola

Rupicola rupicola

Is that a slice of orange on your head, or are you just happy to see me?

The previous post was long, but I didn’t forget that today is friday! So, to continue on the theme of pornithology (and to compensate for my lack of effort in posting the bird-related content I anticipated), today’s organism is Rupicola rupicola, the Guianan Cock-of-the-rock! Since I’ve discovered its existence, I’ve always thought that the colorful males of this species are some of the most beautiful birds in the world, thanks to their vividly orange feathers and their unusually shaped crest. And then there’s of course their english common name, and I’m not referencing to the fact that this so called “cock” is not a Galliformes but actually a Passeriformes. Seriously, “Cock-of-the-rock”? That’s amusingly audacious, and whoever came up with this name is probably singing this song right now.

See ya later, folks.


2 comments on “Friday’s Featured Organism: Rupicola rupicola

  1. doudou says:

    This bird is cracking me up. What gorgeous color! His feathers are all messed up, wonder if something startled him. What do the females look like?

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