French: Piranga érythrocéphale German: Rotkopfkardinal Spanish: Piranga cabecirroja
Subspecies and Distribution
P. e. candida
Griscom, 1934 – NW Mexico from S Sonora and S Chihuahua S to Jalisco; outside breeding season recorded S to Michoacán and México.
P. e. erythrocephala
(Swainson, 1827) – SC & S Mexico (Jalisco S to E Oaxaca at Isthmus of Tehuantepec).
15 cm; 19·9–24·5 g. Male nominate race has black lores and narrow black eyering, rest of head (except rear crown), throat and foreneck geranium-red, ending in short crest at... read more
Song a long, slow, throaty series of single or double notes, e.g. “chur chew che-wier chéé-chur wee... read more
Semi-humid and moist montane forest and pine–oak (Pinus–Quercus) associations,... read more
Food and feeding
Insects and small fruits, including blackberries (Rubus) and berries of a Solanum. Forages in pairs and small groups (... read more
Nest a cup of fine twigs and other plant material, at middle heights or high in outer canopy of tree. No other information.
Some southward movements within Mexico during non-breeding season; seasonal elevational movements... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common along almost entire Pacific slope of Mexico. Occurs in a number of protected sites, including Cumbres de Majalca National Park... read more
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