cock-of-the-rock


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cock-of-the-rock

(kŏk′əv-thə-rŏk′)
n. pl. cocks-of-the-rock
Either of two South American birds (Rupicola rupicola or R. peruvianus) having a distinctive crest and bright-orange or reddish plumage in the male.

[From its habit of nesting on rocks.]

cock-of-the-rock

n
(Animals) either of two tropical South American birds, Rupicola rupicola or R. peruviana, having an erectile crest and (in the male) a brilliant red or orange plumage: family Cotingidae (cotingas)

cock′-of-the-rock′



n., pl. cocks-of-the-rock.
either of two brilliant orange-red crested birds of South America, a Guianan species Rupicola rupicola and an Andean species R. peruviana, allied with or members of the cotinga family.
[1815–25]
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