Definition of cock-of-the-rock in English:

cock-of-the-rock

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noun (plural cocks-of-the-rock)

  • A crested cotinga (bird) found in the tropical forests of South America. The male has brilliant orange or red plumage used in communal display.
    • Genus Rupicola, family Cotingidae: two species
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    • Several species of birds such as cock-of-the-rocks and birds of paradise clear courts used as arenas during elaborate courtship displays to females.
    • The Andean cock-of-the-rock is a brilliantly colored, pigeon-size bird known for its elaborate courtship displays.
    • The rocky forest and rock outcrops near the falls provide the perfect habitat for the Guianan cock-of-the-rock, a medium-sized, flaming orange bird.

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