Red-capped cardinal in exhibit

Red-capped Cardinal

Scientific Name

Paroaria gularis

Class

Aves

Order

Passeriformes

Range

Northern and central South America

Habitat

Wet and open areas, such as mangrove swamps

Estimated Wild Population

n/a
Red-capped cardinal in exhibit
IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern

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Physical Description

Red-capped cardinals were named for their crimson-colored head and chin, which sit atop a white body with lustrous black wings and a black throat. These songbirds have a conical, mostly black beak that allows them to feed on insects, rice, seeds, and fruit. Breeding pairs build a cup-shaped nest out of roots, twigs, grasses, and leaves.

Interesting Fact 1

Red-capped cardinals are often trapped and traded as a caged bird due to their coloration and melodious song.

Interesting Fact 2

They are commonly known as Brazilian cardinals in some South American regions.

Interesting Fact 3

They have strong legs with large feet that allow them to walk on floating vegetation while feeding.

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