yellow cardinal

Yellow-billed Cardinal (Paroaria capitata)

…a species of “Cardinal-tanager” (Paroaria spp.) which is known to occur in Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, and northern Argentina. It has also been introduced to the island of Hawai’i. Yellow-billed cardinals typically inhabit and breed in moist shrubland and other densely wooded areas. P. capitata is fairly similar in appearance to the similar P. coronata but lacks the distinct crest that P. coronata possesses. 


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Yellow Cardinal (Gubernatrix cristata)

Not a true species of cardinal but a species of tanager (Thraupidae) that is occurs in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. Yellow cardinals typically inhabit dry savanna, tropical or temperate shrubland, and grasslands. Like other tanagers G. cristata feeds mainly on grains and seeds but is known to feed on small invertebrates and fruit as well. Yellow cardinals are mainly solitary but are known to form pairs and even large flocks. Male yellow cardinals are extremely territorial and will attempt to drive out any other male that enters his territory.

Currently Gubernatrix cristata is listed as endangered and faces threats mainly from trapping for the pet trade and habitat loss.


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Image: Lip Kee Yap