Paroaria coronata , Photo: Michael Lahanas
Paroaria coronata (*)
Paroaria coronata (Miller, 1776)
The Red-crested Cardinal (Paroaria coronata) is a bird species in the tanager family (Thraupidae). It was formerly placed in the Emberizidae, and notwithstanding its common name, it is not very closely related to the true cardinals (family Cardinalidae).
It is found in northern Argentina, Bolivia, southern Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. Among others, it is found in southern regions of the Pantanal. It has also been introduced to Hawaii and Puerto Rico. In Brazil, it has been introduced to various places outside its historical range, as in the Tietê Ecological Park in São Paulo, alongside with its close relative, the Red-cowled Cardinal. The Yellow-billed Cardinal could be easily confused with the Red-crested Cardinal. The Yellow-billed Cardinal does not have a crest.
Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry shrubland and heavily degraded former forest.
1. ^ www.ceo.org.br/parqu/tiete.htm
* BirdLife International 2004. Paroaria coronata. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 26 July 2007.
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