Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Endangered

Yellow Cardinal (Gubernatrix cristata)


Taxonomy

French: Commandeur huppé German: Grüntangare Spanish: Gobernador crestado
Taxonomy:

Coccothraustes cristata

Vieillot

, 1817,

Corrientes, Argentina

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

Resident.

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. (2019). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/62098 on 16 February 2019).