Red-capped cardinal in exhibit

Red-capped Cardinal

Scientific Name
Paroaria gularis
Northern and central South America
Wet and open areas, such as mangrove swamps
Estimated Wild Population
Red-capped cardinal in exhibit Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern

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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.

Did You Know?

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

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

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

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