(Science: ornithology) A genus of beautiful south American passerine birds, including the cock of the rock.

The species are remarkable for having an elevated fan-shaped crest of feathers on the head, and for the beautiful colour of their plumage, which is mostly some delicate shade of yellow or orange.

Origin: NL, fr. L. Rupes, gen. Rupis, a rock _ colere to inhabit.

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