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Pyrrhuloxia (Cardinalis sinuatus)
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Pyrrhuloxia (Cardinalis sinuatus)

General Description: Pyrrhuloxias (Cardinalis sinuatus) are medium-sized, sexually similar finches with a very large, yellowish bill. These birds are gray overall with a tall crest and red highlights on the crest, face, wings. and tail. On the bill, the "lip" line is hooked downward (not straight; compare with Northern Cardinal). Males have more red in the face, crest, and belly.

Taxonomy: Passeriformes, Cardinalidae.

Favored Habitat: Sonoran Desert scrub, mesquite grasslands, and riparian woodlands.

Pyrrhuloxia (Cardinalis sinuatus)

Where to Find: Don't look for Pyrrhuloxias around Las Vegas. Rather, look for them from southern Arizona to southern Texas and south into Mexico.

Comments: Pronounced fair-a-luck-see-a (emphasis on the "luck")

Pyrrhuloxia (Cardinalis sinuatus) Pyrrhuloxia; notice that the "lip line" on the heavy bill is angled downward relative to the front of the face (compare with Northern Cardinal in which the "lip line" points straight out). In the Pyrrhuloxia, the angle of the bill is somewhat parrot-like. This distinction is useful for separating females of the two species.
Pyrrhuloxia (Cardinalis sinuatus) If you were a tasty bug or a big seed, this might be the last face you ever see!
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Pyrrhuloxia (Cardinalis sinuatus) Pyrrhuloxia (Cardinalis sinuatus)
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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