Red-crested Cardinal

About the Red-crested Cardinal

Also known as: Brazilian Cardinal
The Red-crested Cardinal is a pretty bird found in south-central parts of South America, including portions of Argentina, Bolivia, and Brazil. This species has been kept as a pet and wild populations from escaped birds are established in Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

Red-crested Cardinals are named for their flame red crests. The red extends down the bib of the bird; remaining plumage is dark grey and white.

Red-crested Cardinals feed on a varied diet. They consume fruit, berries, and seeds as well as insects. It feeds primarily on the ground.
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Details & Statistics

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Hatched on 03 December 2016
Scientific Name
Paroaria coronata
  • Passeriformes
  • Thraupidae
  • Paroaria
  • P. coronata
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 30 November 2018)
  • 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
7.5 inches
1.6 to 1.7 ounces

International Names

Brazilian Cardeal
Chinese 冠蜡嘴鹀
Czech kardinál šedý
Danish Grå Kardinal
Dutch Roodkuifkardinaal
Finnish liekkipääkardinaali
French Paroare huppé
German Graukardinal
Italian Cardinale crestarossa
Japanese コウカンチョウ [koukanchou]
Norwegian Gråkardinal
Polish kardynalek czubaty
Portuguese Cardeal-do-sul
Russian Краснохохлая кардиналовая овсянка
Spanish Cardenilla Crestada
Swedish rödtofsad kardinaltangara
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