Let’s tell you about the amazing national bird of Peru! This fabulous bird lives in the longest mountain range of South America which is known as Andes. The Andes Mountain Range of South America is the world highest mountain range outside Asia. The bird is well known for its big round crest and fantastic orange plumage. This bird is known as Andean Cock-of-the-rock which is scientifically called as Rupicola peruvianus.
Andean Cocks of the rock have black wings with a row of pale grey feathers inside. The Andean Cock-of-the-rock can gain the approximate length of 32 cm (12½ in) and weight of 235 grams (8.7 oz). The female Andean Cock of the Rock is comparatively darker in its color than the male with a shorter crest. The bill is yellowish in the male, and dark with a small yellow tip in the female. The diet of Andean Cock of the rock mainly consists mainly of fruit and insects, although small vertebrates such as frogs or lizards have also been recorded. The most exquisite feature of the Andean Cocks of the Rock is their display of fluttering dance during courtship. They build their nests with mud and stick mostly on the rocks and the female lays only two eggs during the year. The female Andean Cock of the rock incubates the egg for 28 days.
Andean Cock of the rock, the national bird of Peru is mainly threatened with the predators like wild beasts and prey birds. Andean Cock of the rock is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.