Red-crested Cardinal

Paroaria coronata

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Code 4

RCCA

Code 6

PARCOR

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Red-crested Cardinal has a fairly large range, estimated globally at 2,400,000 square kilometers. It is primarily found in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia, and Paraguay, though it has also been introduced to the United States. This bird prefers a dry Subtropical or Tropical Shrubland ecosystem, though it has been known to reside in heavily degraded former forests. The population of the bird has not been determined but is known to be frequent in many of its native areas. The Red-crested Cardinal does not currently meet the criteria for the IUCN Red List and has an evaluation level of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Red-crested Cardinal: Native to South America. Bright red head, crest, face, chin and upperbreast. Upperparts are gray with an incomplete white collar that nearly meets at the back of the neck. Underparts are white. Light gray bill, gray legs and feet. Undulating flight.


Range and Habitat

Red-crested Cardinal: This species is native to South America, but was introduced to the Hawaiian Islands around 1930. In Hawaii, these birds prefer parks, lawns and dry thickets in Hawaii; however, within their South American range, they can be found in subtropical or tropical dry shrubland and degraded forests.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"wheet-cheer-up"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Despite its name it is not closely related to birds in the Cardinal family.
  • It was first released on the Island of Oahu in 1928.
  • The Red-crested Cardinal is also known as the Brazilian Cardinal.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Red-crested Cardinal

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Crystal Adams

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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BACKYARD BIRDING

BIRDS AND BIRDING

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UnderpartsX
Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.
UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
ChinX
The area of the face just below the bill.
CollarX
Similar to the upper part of the human neck, located at the back of the crown.
CrestX
Tufts of feathers on the head of the bird.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X