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Andean cock-of-the-rock 1972

Male, Rupicola p. peruvianus (probably). Indoor Aviary, Bird House, London ZSL, 16th May 1972. Scanned from a GAF500 slide.

Andean cock-of-the-rock 1972
gentle lemur, 6 Dec 2016
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    • gentle lemur
      One of my first slides from Regent's Park. GAF 500 was the fastest slide available (500 ASA/ISO) but it was very grainy.
      At this time, the Bird House was very different from its current state as the Blackburn Pavilion. The south side, on either side of the two doors, had shelves for box cages (rather like a bird show). There was a large indoor aviary in the centre of the building, with a smaller one on each side: you could walk around each, although the back of each one was closed off. Around the other three walls were aviaries like this one, for larger birds like hornbills and for pairs. If I remember correctly this one was in the north-west corner; in the opposite corner was the only glass-fronted cage which held a group of carmine bee-eaters.
    • Bele
      I remember the Bird House as it was well . In particular the calls of the Bellbird that lived in one of the aviaries for some time .
    • Vision
      @gentle lemur Nice picture, of a very good-looking bird!
      For what it's worth, this bird isn't of the nominate subspecies, ssp peruvianus males (and most females) always have bluish eyes. I'm fairly sure the yellow eyes, the reddish undertone and the very prominent, bushy crest make this bird a good candidate for ssp sanguinolentus instead, though I'm not quite certain to what regard those can be distinguished from ssp saturatus.
    • gentle lemur
      @Vision Thank you. I know very little about South American birds. I think I took the subspecies from Zootierliste, but I was not sure about it when I posted this old image.
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