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Spot the cock of the rock bird

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See the courtship display of the magnificent cock of the rock at a cloud forest 'lek'.

With bold reddish-orange plumage and a wonderful fan-shaped crest rising up like a headdress, the male cock of the rock is highly prized sighting for birders. Fortunately it can be found quite easily if you know the location of a lek, one of the specific places where the male performs his mating display to attract the duller brown female.

We'll guide you to a lek in the cloud forest, where you can watch the spectacular dawn show without disturbing the birds. On the nature walk there and back you'll also have the chance to spot other bird life such as the golden-headed quetzal, choco toucan and crimson rumped toucanet.

 

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  • Evie Oswald
    Evie Oswald - Travel Consultant

    It’s hard to believe that Evie has had time to cram so much in to her life so far. Having lived as a child in the Americas and Europe she found herself immediately attracted to Latin America.

  • Chris Rendell Dunn
    Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Consultant

    Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our Sales team.

  • Hannah Donaldson
    Hannah Donaldson - Travel Consultant

    Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is an invaluable part of our Group Tours team.

  • Kathryn Rhodes
    Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Consultant

    Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.

  • Hannah Waterhouse
    Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Consultant

    Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

  • Sophie Barber
    Sophie Barber - Travel Consultant

    Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia.

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