Guianan Cock-of-the-rock

Guianan Cock-of-the-rock

With the male’s brilliant orange colourings, the Guianan Cock-of-the-rock is a striking bird and often on top of the list for many birders. It is a proud attention-grabbing bird that is hard to miss. About 12 inches in size, the bird weighs around 250 grams, with fruits featuring as the major part of diet. Rocky cliffs are often chosen as nesting sites where you can often find the Guianan Cock-of-the-rock nesting in groups. Fortunately, Guyana has a healthy population of the species, especially in areas like Kaieteur National Park and other dense rainforests in the heart of the country. There are several known cock-of-the-rock nesting sites or leks, giving birders a decent chance of seeing males competing for female attention during the lekking season. The mating process is rather interesting. The females and males live separately and meet only to mate. The females fly over to observe and choose a mate. On selection, the females tap the males’ rump to seek attention. Watching the birds interact is a rare experience indeed.