cock-of-the-rock love

cock-of-the-rock

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Either of two South American birds (Rupicola rupicola or R. peruviana) having a distinctive crest and bright-orange or reddish plumage in the male.

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  • n. a tropical kind of bird, of the genus Rupicola

Etymologies

From its habit of nesting on rocks.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • A male Andean cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruviana) displays in the cloud forest to attract a nearby female.

    Biological diversity in the Tropical Andes

  • The cloud forest supports a wide diversity of fauna with such notable species as turkey vulture Cathartes aura, Andean guan Penelope montagnii, scarlet-fronted parakeet Aratinga wagleri, lyre-tailed nightjar Uropsalis lyra, marvellous spatuletail Loddigesia mirabilis (VU), cock-of-the-rock Rupicola peruviana, carbonated flower-piercer Diglossa carbonaria and hepatic tanager Piranga flava (Mittermeier, de Macedo and Luscombe, 1975).

    Rio Abiseo National Park, Peru

  • A day or two after, my hunter brought me a specimen of the green gaper (Calyptomena viridis), which is like a small cock-of-the-rock, but entirely of the most vivid green, delicately marked on the wings with black bars.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • Now, as I have said in a former chapter, these are wise little birds, more interesting -- I had almost said more beautiful -- in their wisdom, or wisdom-simulating instincts, than the quatzel in its resplendent green, or the cock-of-the-rock in its vivid scarlet and orange mantle.

    The Naturalist in La Plata

  • Such are the rapid descent of the snipe, the soaring and singing of the lark, and the dances of the cock-of-the-rock and of many other birds.

    Darwinism (1889)

  • However, I find now that no exact period can be fixed; for in December 1824 an Indian in the River Demerara gave me a young cock-of-the-rock not a month old, and it had just been brought from the Macoushi country.

    Wanderings in South America

  • The elegant crested bird called cock-of-the-rock, admirably described by

    Wanderings in South America

  • But the rest of the time, I was in my laid-back explorer mode, including my drive with Kurt up the abandoned Mindo-Quito road, where thanks to his telescopic "view-scope," we saw several roadside orchids and the cock-of-the-rock.

    canada.com Top Stories

  • Ten minutes out on one of our expeditions up an abandoned road, a brilliantly red cock-of-the-rock eyed us imperiously from a tree branch 15 metres away.

    canada.com Top Stories

  • Ten minutes out on one of our expeditions up an abandoned road, a brilliantly red cock-of-the-rock eyed us imperiously from a tree branch 50 feet away.

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