About the Pyrrhuloxia

Also known as: Texan Cardinal, Texas Cardinal

The Pyrrhuloxia is a small crested songbird that lives in the American southwest down through Central America. Males are primarily gray with a red breast, red mask and red-tipped crest. Females lack the red face and breast. Both have short, stout yellowish finch-like beaks.

Pyrrhuloxias prefer habitat of desert scrubland, mesquite grassland or riparian woodland. They build their cup-like nests in short shrubs. They feed by foraging for seeds or gleaning insects from vegetation. They will also visit backyard feeding stations.

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Details & Statistics

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Hatched on 18 June 2010
Scientific Name
Cardinalis sinuatus
  • Passeriformes
  • Cardinalidae
  • Cardinalis
  • C. sinuatus
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 20 March 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
8.75 inches
12 inches
1.3 ounces

International Names

Czech (Cesky) kardinál úzkozobý
Danish (Dansk) Arizonakardinal
Dutch (Nederlands) Grijze Kardinaal
Finnish (Suomi) verikardinaali
French (Français) Cardinal pyrrhuloxia
German (Deutsch) Schmalschnabelkardinal
Italian (Italiano) Cardinale rosa
Japanese (日本語) ムネアカコウカンチョウ (muneakakoukanchou)
Norwegian (Norsk) Ørkenkardinal
Polish (Polski) kardynal karmazynowy
Russian (русский язык) пиррулоксия
Spanish (Español) Cardenal Desértico
Swedish (Svenska) Ökenkardinal
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