Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Red-crested Cardinal (Paroaria coronata)


French: Paroare huppé German: Rotschopftangare Spanish: Cardenilla crestada

Loxia coronata

J. F. Miller

, 1776,

no locality = Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil


Apparently closely related to P. dominicana. Monotypic.


E Bolivia (Santa Cruz, locally also S Beni), S & SE Brazil (SW Mato Grosso, W Mato Grosso do Sul and S Rio Grande do Sul), W & C Paraguay, N Argentina (S to C La Pampa and C Buenos Aires) and Uruguay. Introduced to Hawaiian Is and SE Brazil (mainly São Paulo).

Descriptive notes

19 cm; 29·5–44 g. A medium-sized passerine with striking red or reddish head and long erectile crest (can be raised to look shaggy, or flattened to look more... read more


Song sweet, melodious and slowly delivered, often a repetitive series of alternating notes before... read more


Varied semi-open habitats, from forest edge to scrub-forest, chaco woodlands, espinal... read more

Food and feeding

Takes variety of foods, from seeds and berries to insects, also young shoots, and fruit fallen on ground. Forages usually on ground, also... read more


Season Sept–Mar. Nest cup-shaped, made from fibres and fine stems, lined with rootlets and hair, placed 1·9–5 m from... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common to abundant; often the most common and conspicuous species in the local avifauna. Has large range and is under no immediate... read more

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2020). Red-crested Cardinal (Paroaria coronata). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 21 February 2020).