Guianan Cock-of-the-rock Rupicola rupicola

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


Geographic Variation


Related Species

The two species of Rupicola were formerly placed in their own family, Rupicolidae (e.g., Hellmayr 1929, Meyer de Schauensee 1970). Inclusion of Rupicola within the Cotingidae has been confirmed, however, in all subsequent genetic analyses, including DNA hybridization and phylogenetic analysis of DNA sequence data.

Rupicola rupicola and and the Andean Cock-of-the-rock R. peruvianus suggested to  form a superspecies (Snow 1979b, Haffer 1987).

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.