RED-CRESTED CARDINAL


Paroaria coronata


Description:

The Red-crested Cardinal feeds on the ground for seeds, plant matter, insects, and fruit. Often found in pairs or small family groups. Also known as the Brazilian Cardinal.


Appearance:

General: 7.5 inches in length. Sexes similar.

Adult: Dark gray above. White hindneck and underparts. Bright red head, crest, and upper breast. Silver-gray bill. Dark legs.

Juvenile: Similar to adult, but has brown head, crest, and upperbreast. Dark bill.


Habitat:

Semi-open areas with shrubs and trees, parks, lawns, and dry forests. Native to South America. Introduced to the Hawaiian Islands around 1930.


Nesting:

2-5 eggs. The eggs have a 12-13 day incubation period. Fledging occurs in ? days.


Observed Locations:

  • Sheraton Hotel Waikiki, O'ahu, Hawaii
  • Dolphin restaraunt, Kauai, Hawaii
  • Waimea Falls Park, O'ahu, Hawaii





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