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Red-crested Cardinal

Distribution / Range

Their breeding habitat is lowland marshes and lakes in southern Europe and southern and central Asia.

They are somewhat migratory, and northern birds winter further south and into north Africa.

They are most numerous around areas of England including Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire. Wild birds occasionally turn up at places such as Abberton Reservoir, Essex.

Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina) - Female


The adult male has a rounded orange head, red bill and black breast. The flanks are white, the back brown, and the tail black.

The female is mainly a pale brown, with a darker back and crown and a whitish face.

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Red-crested Cardinal