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Tambo Blanquillo - Stay in a family owned Manu Lodge and discover The Wonders of the Peruvian Jungle
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Barranco, Lima 04 – Perú
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FAMILY BIRDS

Cotingidae

Another signature family for the Manú region, including the famous Andean Cock of the Rock, Peru’s national bird.

 


Andean Cock-of-the-rock

Rupicola peruvianus

Andean cock-of-the-rock - Male

Andean cock-of-the-rock – Male

 

Andean cock-of-the-rock - Female

Andean cock-of-the-rock – Female

 

Appearance:

  • The male has a large disk-like crest and scarlet or brilliant orange plumage with black tail and wings.
  • Its bill is yellowish.
  • The female is darker and browner than the male and has a shorter crest.
  • Its bill is dark with a small yellow tip.
  • It is about 32cm long and weighs 235g.

Behaviour:

  • Generally shy, often seen only briefly after being flushed or swiftly flying down a valley.
  • Gatherings of males (leks) compete for breeding females by plumage displays, bobbing and hopping, and making calls.
  • The female makes a nest under a rocky overhang, hence the name. She rears the young by herself.

Voice:

  • Most often heard in leks. When females are present there is a rough nasal “urr-ur-ur-ur-ur “.
  • Other calls vary from a nasal “rank” when disturbed to a low-pitched and harsh “jurrrrrrreE”.

Where & how to spot in Manu:

  • An elusive species that can be difficult to spot.
  • Usual habitat is cloud forest at higher elevations, between 1000 and 2000 metres above sea level.
  • Sometimes found in the Quince Mil area in Manu.
  • The bird usually stays in the lower and middle forest levels, but can sometimes be seen as it enters or crosses clearings.
  • Frequents display areas called leks in the early morning, where up to 20 males join to display.
  • Occasionally the female can be seen nesting on rock cliffs near nivers or creeks.

 


Screaming Piha

Lipaugus vociferans

Screaming Piha

Screaming Piha

Appearance:

  • Plumage is all gray, lighter on the belly and chest.
  • There can be rufous cinnamon hints the wings, coverts and the tips of the tail feathers.
  • It is 25cm. long and weighs 80g.

Behaviour:

  • They eat fruit and insects, have been seen swallowing fruit whole.
  • Males often gather in loose leks, where they sing to attract females.
  • Although it is a common bird, little is known of its behaviour.

Voice:

  • Known for its remarkable, exceptionally loud voice, a signature sound of Amazonia.
  • The whistled sound, “qui, qui, yo”, is frequently used in movies, and can be heard in the background of the popular game Angry Birds Rio.

Where & how to spot in Manu:

  • A common bird, it is very hard to see because of its drab colour, but easily heard..
  • Lives in dense foliage.
  • May be spotted feeding near some trails, and flying over trees.
  • Active all day, with peaks in the afternoon and very early morning.

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