Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)


Yellow Cardinal (Gubernatrix cristata)


French: Commandeur huppé German: Grüntangare Spanish: Gobernador crestado

Coccothraustes cristata


, 1817,

Corrientes, Argentina




N & C Argentina (Santa Fe and Corrientes S to E La Pampa and N Río Negro), extreme SE Brazil (S & W Rio Grande do Sul) and Uruguay; formerly widespread.

Descriptive notes

20 cm; 46–50·8 g. A well-proportioned but hefty-bodied finch with pointed crest, and often relatively small-looking bill curved on culmen, giving it a somewhat... read more


Male song, often from near top of larger tree, loud, comprised of three or four syllables repeated... read more


Needs old growth-patches of algarrobo (Prosopis) forest, or other larger tree species in... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds; possibly also small arthropods. Forages for seeds on ground. The fact that it is often found in Prosopis woodland suggests... read more


Season Oct–Jan. Nest a large cup-shaped structure made from small twigs and dry grass, lined with moss and fibres, placed 2·5... read more



Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. CITES II. Rare and local. Estimated global population 1500–3000 individuals in 2007. Has declined rapidly, mainly because of trapping for the cagebird... read more

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2020). Yellow Cardinal (Gubernatrix cristata). 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 28 January 2020).