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cock-of-the-rock

[kok-uh v-th uh-rok] /ˈkɒk əv ðəˈrɒk/
noun, plural cocks-of-the-rock.
1.
a brilliant orange-red bird of the genus Rupicola, of northern South America, having an erect crest that conceals the bill.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25
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British Dictionary definitions for cock of the rock

cock-of-the-rock

noun
1.
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)
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cock-of-the-rock

either of two species of brilliantly coloured birds of tropical South America, usually included in the family Cotingidae (q.v.; order Passeriformes) but sometimes placed in a family of their own, Rupicolidae. They are noted for the males' flattened circular crest extending over the bill. During much of the year, males display in open glades near the forest floor, maintaining and defending communal display areas. Much of the individual display consists of static posturing, interspersed with stylized eye-catching movements, especially when the display arena is visited by a female. The plain-brown female builds the nest of plant materials plastered with mud against a rock wall, usually in a cave.

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