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

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cock-of-the-rock

Pronunciation: /ˌkäkəvT͟Hēˈräk/

noun (plural cocks-of-the-rock)

A crested cotinga 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.
Example sentences
  • 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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