Crimson-fronted Cardinal Paroaria baeri


Endemic to central Brazil, two subspecies of the Crimson-fronted Cardinal are generally recognized, the nominate in a relatively limited area of the Rio Araguaia valley in Goiás and Tocantins, centered on the Ilha do Bananal, and further west Paroaria baeri xinguensis along part of the Rio Xingu in northern Mato Grosso. Both subspecies inhabit shrubby riverine vegetation, usually in well-wooded areas, but also sometimes in towns. This cardinal somewhat resembles the Red-capped Cardinal (Paroaria gularis) in plumage, but has much less red on the head, and this is much darker crimson in color. Hybrids between the two species have been recorded recently, and the Crimson-fronted Cardinal’s nests are parasitized at least occasionally by the Shiny Cowbird (Molothrus bonariensis).

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Calls (Araguaia)

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Crimson-fronted Cardinal (Paroaria baeri), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: