Meet Our Animals > Red-capped Cardinal
Quick Facts
Native to Bolivia, Southeastern Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Northern Argentina
Primary Diet Seeds, berries, fruit, insects
Adult Weight 1 to 1.5 ounces
Lifespan 10 years
Status Stable

Red-capped Cardinal

These songbirds, also known as red-crested cardinals, are commonly called Brazilian cardinals in some South American regions. They have strong legs with large feet that allow them to walk on floating vegetation while feeding. Red-capped cardinals are quite social and often found in pairs or groups as they forage. Their bright red heads and black-and-white plumage make them instantly recognizable.


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Herb and Nada Mahler Family Aviary

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