Bertrando Campos

Red-cowled Cardinal (Paroaria dominicana)

Endemic to northeast Brazil, ranging south as far as the state of Minas Gerais, the Red-cowled Cardinal is a generally common species in semi-open areas of scrubby woodland, especially Caatinga. Identification should be unproblematic, given that this species is not found in sympatry with any other cardinal species. Like other cardinals, the sexes are basically alike and have a red head, white underparts, and dark gray back spotted white, becoming marginally paler over the lower back and rump. The Red-cowled Cardinal is often found around habitation, and is frequently kept as a cagebird, which is probably the only significant threat to its conservation.
Endemic to northeast Brazil, ranging south as far as the state of Minas Gerais, the Red-cowled Cardinal is a generally common species in semi-open areas of scrubby woodland, especially Caatinga. Identification should be unproblematic, given that this species is not found in sympatry with any other cardinal species. Like other cardinals, the sexes are basically alike and have a red head, white underparts, and dark gray back spotted white, becoming marginally paler over the lower back and rump. The Red-cowled Cardinal is often found around habitation, and is frequently kept as a cagebird, which is probably the only significant threat to its conservation.

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