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 Pyrrhuloxia (Cardinalis sinuatus)




Pyrrhuloxia | Cardinalis sinuatus photo
Pyrrhuloxia (Male), Ramirez Ranch, Near Roma, Texas

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Pyrrhuloxia | Cardinalis sinuatus photo
Pyrrhuloxia, Lost Dutchman State Park, Apache Junction, Arizona

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Pyrrhuloxia | Cardinalis sinuatus photo
Phyrrhuloxia (Female), The Pond At Elephant Head, Amado, Arizona

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

PYRRHULOXIA FACTS

Description
The Pyrrhuloxia is related to the Northern Cardinal. It has a prominent reddish crest on the head, and conical pale yellow bill. The male is gray with a red face and broad red band from chin to belly. The female is mostly gray with some red on the thighs and edges of the wings. Immature birds are similar to adult females, but have darker bills.

Size
length 21cm

Environment
desert creek beds, arid thickets, semi desert

Food
seeds, cactus fruit, insects

Breeding
Builds a small nest of twigs, weeds, and bark in a bush or on the ground against a trunk. Lays two to three gray-white speckled eggs which hatch after about 14 days.

Range
south western United States including Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, south western Kansas, southern Colorado, western Oklahoma. Also found in northern Mexico.

Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Cardinalidae
Genus:Cardinalis
Species:sinuatus
Common Name:Pyrrhuloxia


Relatives in same Genus
  Northern Cardinal (C. cardinalis)