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Red-capped Cardinal

McCormick Bird House

Did You Know?

  • Red-capped cardinals are commonly known as Brazilian cardinals in some South American regions.
  • Their strong legs and large feet allow them to walk and hop on floating vegetation while they are feeding.
  • These cardinals build nests in branches of trees overhanging the water that include dry grasses and twigs. That means that when water levels rise, their nests may be in danger.

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Overview

Scientific Name: Paroaria gularis

Class: Birds

Diet: Seeds, berries, and insects

Range: North & South America

Endangered Status: Least Concern

More Information

Red-capped cardinals belong to the tanager family. They were named for their crimson-colored head, and they also have a slender white body with black coloration on top. They average 6.5 inches long and weigh less than an ounce.

These birds are generally quiet but spend time in small groups or pairs. They may forage by perching on branches and shrubs that hang low over the water. Pairs defend permanent territories and incubate eggs for around 13 days.

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