Red-capped Cardinal

Paroaria coronata

Like the American Cardinal, this South American bird is a finch, a songbird with a strong conical beak for cracking seeds and sturdy legs for perching. Surprisingly, its large feet also allow it to walk on floating vegetation as it feeds in wet areas. Like many other finches, its beauty and musical call have made it a popular cage bird.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: Wings of the World
habitatHabitat: Scrubland
dietDiet: Seeds and invertebrates