Red-Crested Cardinal 

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Paroaria Coronate 

Red-Crested Cardinal

Adults have red head, with a red bib and a very short red crest.

Belly, breast and undertail are white, with a gray back, wings, and tail.

Wing coverts are gray, but the primaries, secondaries, and rectrices show a darker gray color.

Juveniles are similar to the adults, but they show a dull brownish orange head and bib.

BILL: silver-gray.

SIZE: measures about 7.5 inches in length.

WEIGHT: weighs about 30 - 35 grams.

COLOR: red, white, gray, silver-gray, and black.

Fruit, seeds and insects.

Semi-open areas with shrubs and trees, such as parks, lawns, tropical shrubland and degraded forests.

Argentina, Bolivia, southern Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. It has also been introduced to Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

SONG: Slow and resembles "tchew tweet chuu tweet chuwiit tuup tweet chuu", often repeated.

The whistle is loud and clear, the notes are lilting and often warbled or slurred with some occasional squawky tones.

CALL: A nasal ascending "phwit" or "chuup".

NEST: The male builds a cup-shaped nest of grass and twigs, and lines the cup with finer material such as rootlets, plant fibers and fur.

It is located in the fork of a tree, typically 6-20 feet from the ground.

EGGS: 2 -5 eggs. 

INCUBATION: 12 - 13 days.

They forage low in shrubbery or on the ground, and in urban environments, they may become quite tame, approaching humans for food.

Males can become aggressive during the mating season, vigorously chasing intruders.

Red-Crested Cardinal Infographic






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