National Geographic : 1953 Jan
© National Geographic Society 81 Kodachrome by Paul A. Zahl Flame-colored and Fire-eyed, the Cock-of-the-Rock Lands in New York In the Bowery district stands the 5-story home of Louis Ruhe, Inc., a bird hostelry. Outside, trains of the Third Avenue elevated go roaring by. Inside, a thousand rare and fantastic birds chirp and squawk. Imported from the ends of the earth, they have been brought together for distribution to zoos and estates. Their concentration made possible this color series, which, if taken in the birds' native habitats, would have required years of work. True to his name, the Cock-of-the-Rock hails from a rocky canyon in Colombia (page 83).