Red-capped cardinal

Latin Name
Paroaria gularis

Class
Birds

Order
Passeriformes

Description

The red-capped cardinal gets its name from its striking red head, which sits atop a white body with black wings and a black throat.


 

Range

This songbird species can be found throughout north and central South America.


Status

Common


Habitat

The red-capped cardinal favors mangrove swamps and other wet, open areas.


Niche

The red-capped cardinal feeds on insects, rice and fruit that it finds in its wetland habitat.


Life History

This bird builds a cup-shaped nest out of roots, twigs and leaves, in which the female lays two-three eggs.




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