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Masked Cardinal

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Photo by NJlarsen Trinidad May 2004
Photo by NJlarsen
Trinidad May 2004
Paroaria nigrogenis


[edit] Identification

Glossy blue black above; entire head, throat, and central chest coming to a point on breast scarlet, broad band across sides of head black; rest of underparts white
Immature: scarlet on head replaced by buffy brown.

[edit] Distribution

Northeast Colombia (south to northern Meta and eastern Vichada), Venezuela (except far south) and Trinidad.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species.
It was formerly included in Red-capped Cardinal.

[edit] Habitat

JuvenilePhoto by DABS Caroni, Trinidad, October-2017
Photo by DABS
Caroni, Trinidad, October-2017

Swamps, mangroves and open areas near water.

[edit] Behaviour

Its diet includes insects, rice and fruit.

Breeding takes place from June to September. The nest is a shallow cup, about 9-10 cm wide and 7 cm high and is built in a tree. It is built of thin twigs, and ferns. 2-3 eggs are laid.

Voice: Song a clear, sweet suweet-ch, repeated at short intervals; call a soft chup.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at
  2. Avibase
  3. Birdforum Taxonomy thread read in June 2009

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