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Ecuador’s bird whisperers

October 1, 2011
By Scott C. Shalaway , The Post-Journal

Back in 2004, as birding boomed in many Latin American countries, Angel Paz discovered an Andean cock-of-the-rock lek on his family's property in northwestern Ecuador. These chunky, brilliant red birds display on communal mating grounds called leks and are highly sought after by birders. The bird's prominent crest is laterally compressed and covers most of the bill; it reminds me of a Donald Trump comb-over.



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