Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-billed Cardinal (Paroaria capitata)


Taxonomy

French: Paroare à bec jaune German: Gelbschnabeltangare Spanish: Cardenilla piquigualda
Taxonomy:

T[achyphonus]. capitatus

d’Orbigny

, 1837,

no locality = Corrientes, Argentina

.

See P. gularis (below). Race fuscipes weakly differentiated; species perhaps better treated as monotypic. Two subspecies tentatively recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. c. capitata#R (d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837) – S Brazil (SW Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul and Rio Grande do Sul, rarely further E) and adjacent Bolivia (E Santa Cruz) S through Paraguay to N Argentina (E Salta, Formosa and Corrientes S to W Córdoba and N Buenos Aires) and extreme NW Uruguay.
  • P. c. fuscipes J. Bond & Meyer de Schauensee, 1939 – E Tarija, SE Bolivia.
  • Introduced (nominate race) in Hawaiian Is.

    Descriptive notes

    16·5 cm; 17–24·5 g. A medium-sized, rather slim passerine with rounded crown and somewhat rounded tail; bill longer than it is deep, and with gently... read more

    Voice

    Song a melodious repetition of 2–3 notes in set pattern, e.g. “tweew wiit-teew, tweew... read more

    Habitat

    Marshes with shrubs or woody vegetation, flooded grasslands adjacent to shrubs or woody vegetation... read more

    Food and feeding

    Food includes vegetable matter such as seeds, young shoots and berries, also insects; highly adaptable, and in areas near humans may feed... read more

    Breeding

    Season Sept–Mar. Nest cup-shaped, made from fibres and lined with short rootlets and hair, placed 1·4–3·6 m from... read more

    Movements

    Sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Generally common. Has a substantial range, and no evidence of population declines. Introduced in Hawaii c. 1930, and present on the larger islands.... read more

    Recommended citation

    Jaramillo, A. (2019). Yellow-billed Cardinal (Paroaria capitata). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/62104 on 18 February 2019).