Guianan Cock-of-the-rock Rupicola rupicola

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Cotingidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Whitney Richter and Guy M. Kirwan


Nests are located on rocky outcrops or near rocky streams in shady forests. They are built around December and January when the breeding season begins. The nest is made of mud and sticks and placed on the wall of an outcrop (Sick 1984). The female builds the nest by herself.

The clutch is two. Eggs are pale buffy brown to very pale buff, marked with pale lilac-gray, especially around the larger end (Snow 1982). Incubation is 27-28 days (Snow 1982). Only the female incubates. Chicks primarily are provisioned with fruit, but the occasional insect or small vertebrate is also feed to the young (Enard et al. 1989).

Recommended Citation

Richter, W. and G. M. Kirwan (2011). Guianan Cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola rupicola), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.