Pyrrhuloxia

Other Names: Desert Cardinal

Distribution: south Texas south through central Mexico.

Pyrrhuloxia distribution range map

Description:

Size: 20-22 cm in length with a 27-29 cm wingspan.

Plumage:  Males are gray with a rose-red breast, crest, wings, and tail. Females are similar but paler overall, and lacks the red coloration on the breast. Both sexes have a stubby, parrot-like, yellow bill, gray legs, and black eyes.

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Pyrrhuloxia

Pyrrhuloxia

Bill Shape
cone
Eats
apple-slices
fruit
millet
peanut-kernels
safflower
suet
Regions
arizona
baja california
california
colorado
kansas
mexico
montana
nevada
new mexico
oklahoma
ontario
texas
wisconsin
Tail Shape
fan-shaped-tail
Wing Shape
rounded-wings
Action
flying
swimming
walking
Behavior
flocks
Markings
head
streaks
wingbands
Sounds
buzzing
harsh call
Location
high flying
low flying
ground dwelling
north in summer
north in winter
south in summer
south in winter
Habitat
mesquitebosque
Deserts
Marshes
Color
blue
brown
gray
red
Body Shape
perching
Size
large
medium
small
Order
perching birds or songbirds - passeriformes
cardinals and grosbeaks - cardinalidae
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species