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Andean Cock-of-the-Rock

Andean Cock-of-the-Rock
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-01 10:10
Viewed: 3893
Points: 22
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Andean Cock-of-the-Rock
Rupicola peruviana

The Andean Cock-of-the-rock, Rupicola peruviana, is a medium-sized, up to 28cm long, songbird with a large disk-like crest and scarlet or brilliant orange plumage. It has black tail and wings. The female is darker than the male and has shorter crest.

One of the two species in the genus Rupicola, the Andean Cock-of-the-rock is distributed to the Andes cloud forest from Venezuela to Bolivia. The diet consists mainly of fruits. The male is polygamous and displays in communal lek. The females build shallow nests with mud and plant material on the walls of rocks, hence the common name.

The Andean Cock-of-the-rock is the national bird of Peru.

Widespread throughout Andean forests, the Andean Cock-of-the-rock is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

This photo was taken at the San Diego Zoo Aviary.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-01 10:23]

Hello Manyee,
This bird is new to me,is it real:)?POV,colors,contrast,framing,BG and composition are wonderful.Excellent work!

Hi Manyee,
Ohohoho...Beautifull picture and pretty colours..!
Good shot..!
Well done,

hi manyee,
lovely shot,
nice colours,
well composed,
nice pov, good dof,
lovely bg,
tfs & regards

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-12-01 12:41]

Hi Manyee,

This thing is surreal with its color and the way its eye is mounted on the side of its head. Nature never ceases to amaze me...;-)

Quite the excellent composition with perfect detail! I like how you show the little piece of rock that it is perched on... Kinda goes well with his name.

Thanks & TFS,


Hi Manyee,

Exellent shot
Superb sharpness and details
Lovely colours and POV
great DOF and BG

TFS Thijs

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2006-12-01 13:11]

hi Manyee, good sht, maybe too stssrong coloures but excelent.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-12-01 14:09]

Manyee, I've never seen one of these.

Really great colors, pov and composition.

I like saturation too, as well as bg.

Hi Manyee,

What a wonderful, colorful and weird bird! You've captured it very well! I like the way you created a ballance between the subject and the empty areas. Another strong point of your picture is the way you composed it with the eye of the bird placed in the perfect place. The perfect exposure renders every detail correctly and the interesting note completes the post. Very well done! Thanks!


That is one of the oddest birds I've seen, ManYee. He looks so well groomed. That eye is just too much!

Evelynn : )

Hi Manyee,
Nice colours, well composed.


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-12-06 1:45]

hello Manyee
this wonderful cock portrait photo. i like its colours and exposure. composition, point of view, depth of field, sharpness and details are great

I took some photo's of this very species at the Ueno Zoo in Japan just yesterday. It was behind glass and no where as good as this. I thought it looked odd and it took me awhile to find the name on the I.D. plaque.
I like the "DOF enabled" isolation here and the fine detail in the eyes. They are a nice contrast to the orange body.
Well done my friend,

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