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Meet The Guianan Cock-Of-The-Rock – The Bird With A Half-Moon Head (10 Pics)

THIS BIRD IS TRULY ONE OF KIND. It is unmistakable, captivating and has a very oddly shaped head resembling a half-moon.

Meet the one and only, the Guianan cock-of-the-rock (yes that’s its real name)

A species of cotinga, this bird is native to the tropical rainforests of South America.

Photo Courtesy of Almir Cândido de Almeida 

This bright orange bird’s most noticeable, stand-out feature is its odd looking half-moon-shaped crest.

Only the male of the species is this color of bright orange, the female much less conspicuous and sports a duller brown/grey plumage.

Photo Courtesy of Instagram/michael___70

Her crest is also much smaller than the male’s.

This unique bird stretches around 12 inches (30cm) long and weighs in at 7-8 ounces (200-225g)

You can find these glorious birds in the ancient mountains, north of the Amazon River and east of the Andes.

Photo Courtesy of Bernard DUPONT / CC BY 2.0

The Guianan cock-of-the-rock’s diet consist mainly of fruit and berries, however on occasion they will eat insects if they are struggling to find food.

Photo Courtesy of Instagram/michael___70

When it comes to breeding season, the males put on a collective display to attract the female.

Coq-de-roche orange. Famille des Cotingidés. Ordre : Passériformes

Once the female has selected the male and the mating is done, the male’s role is complete.

Photo Courtesy of AISSE GAERTNER / CC BY-SA 4.0

The female then goes off to build a nest, usually under a rocky overhand stuck to a rock with mud where she will lay one or two eggs.

Photo Courtesy of Instagram/bucktuh

Since this bird has a large range, its population is not currently endangered.

Written by Joe Kahlo

After years of writing in the financial industry, Joe was finally able to focus his writing on what he loves, Animals!