Red-cowled Cardinal Paroaria dominicana


Diet and Foraging


There is little information on the Red-cowled Cardinal diet, nonetheless, Jamarillo (2011) lists that this tanager may feed on insects and parts of vegetables by itself or within a group of its own kind scavenging on the ground. Interestingly, according to Restall (1974) when attempting to breed this tanager they could be fed anything including seeds, maggots, fruit and vegetables. It appears that this species of tanager is a food generalist. Marini & Melo (1998) did perform a study with Paroaria dominicana to observe predation on quail eggs, however, the Red-cowled Cardinal simply observed the egg, pecked it and turned away, disinterested.

Foraging Behavior

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Recommended Citation

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