cock of the rock

Definition of cock of the rock

  1. :  a bird (Rupicola rupicola) of the family Cotingidae of northern South America the male being chiefly orange in color with a high disklike crest; sometimes :  a related bird (R. peruviana) of the Andean forests

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Origin and Etymology of cock of the rock

so called from the location of its nest


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