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Red-crested Cardinal

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Alternative name: Brazilian Cardinal

AdultPhoto by luisrock62Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 2005
Photo by luisrock62
Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 2005
Paroaria coronata



7.5 inches

  • Dark grey
  • White neck and underparts
  • Bright red head, crest and upper breast
  • Silvery-grey bill
  • Dark legs

Sexes similar
Juveniles: brown head, crest and upper breast with a dark bill

JuvenilePhoto by Gary Clark Esteros del Ibera, Argentina, January 2009
Photo by Gary Clark
Esteros del Ibera, Argentina, January 2009


South America: found from Bolivia to central Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and extreme south-eastern Brazil.

Introduced to the Hawaiian Islands around 1930.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Shrubs, trees, parks, dry forests



The clutch consists of 2-5 eggs which are incubated by the female for 12-13 days.


The diet includes seeds, plant matter, insects, and fruit. It is a ground feeder.


  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. Wikipedia
  3. Birdfriends

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