Paroaria coronata

September 7, 2015 - Red-crested Cardinal (Paroaria coronata)

Found in dry shrubland and degraded former forests of northern Argentina, Bolivia, southern Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay, these tanagers have also been introduced to Hawaii and Puerto Rico. They eat seeds, fruits, shoots, and small invertebrates, foraging in small groups or pairs on the ground, or in low bushes and trees. Pairs are monogamous through the breeding season. Males build the nests in tree forks from small branches, grass stems, rootlets, plant fibers, and cow hair. Females incubate the eggs and both parents feed the chicks until they fledge. Males continue to feed and guard the fledged chicks until they get their red adult plumage.