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Andean Cock-of-the-Rock

Esta galería es muy especial para mí, ya que se trata del Gallito-de-Roca Andino (rupicola peruvianus), un impresionante ejemplar de la familia de las cotingas. De rojo o naranja intenso, alas y cola grises y negras, una cresta redonda que esconde su pico, ojos pequeños a cada lado de lado cabeza y patas como las de un gallo, el macho mide aproximadamente 30cm y su canto es un chillido fuerte y bulloso.

Los gallitos-de-roca anidan en las cuevas cerca a los ríos o cascadas en bosques tropicales  suramericanos, y en Colombia se encuentran en las tres cordilleras de los Andes. Éstas fotografías fueron tomadas en Jardín, en el suroccidente de Antioquia, región donde se está investigando la minería; actividad que pondría en peligro el hábitat natural de esta especie.

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The following gallery is very special to me, as it portrays the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock (rupicola peruvianus), an amazing specimen of the Cotingiae family. Covered in bright red or orange feathers, and black and grey wings and tail, the male can measure up to 30cm (11.8in), has a round crest which hides its beak, small eyes on either side of its head, rooster-like feet and chirps with a noisy squeal.

The cocks-of-the-rock nest in caves near rivers or waterfalls in the subtropical forests of South America, and in Colombia they can be found in all three ranges of the Andes. These photographs were taken in Jardin, in Antioquia’s southwest, where mining is being investigated: this would endanger the species’ natural habitat.

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En 2014 tuve la suerte de regresar a Jardín, un pueblo colonial en el suroccidente del departamento de Antioquia, a fotografiar el extraño y hermoso Gallito de Roca Andino (rupicola peruvianus) que vive en las rocas cerca a ríos y cascadas en bosques tropicales de los Andes.
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In 2014, I was lucky enough to return to Jardin, a colonial town in Antioquia’s southwest, to photograph the strange and beautiful Andean Cock-of-the-Rock (rupicola peruvianus) who live in rocks near rivers and waterfalls in tropical Andean forests.

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