French: Cardinal jaune German: Gelbkopf-Kernknacker Spanish: Picogrueso amarillo
Other common names:
Orange-colored Grosbeak (aurantiacus)
San Blas, Nayarit, Mexico
Subspecies and Distribution
P. c. dilutus
van Rossem, 1934 – NW Mexico (C Sonora, SW Chihuahua, N Sinaloa); wintering areas not known.
P. c. chrysopeplus
(Vigors, 1832) – Northern Yellow Grosbeak – W Mexico (C Sinaloa and W Durango S on Pacific slope to N Guerrero, Puebla and N Oaxaca#R).
P. c. aurantiacus
Salvin & Godman, 1891 – Guatemalan Yellow Grosbeak – S Mexico (highlands of S Chiapas) and adjacent Guatemala.
21·5–24 cm; one female 77·6 g. Male nominate race has crown and nape to centre of mantle deep yellow, side of mantle black (fresh feathers having narrow yellow edgings), back... read more
Song a series of rich, clear whistles, “chee wee chee-r weer weeuh” and so on, similar to that of... read more
Tropical deciduous and semi-deciduous forest, well-wooded watercourses, scrubby woodland and thorn-... read more
Food and feeding
In Mexico, seen to take fruit of Ficus pertusa, Trichostigma octandrum (Phytolaccaceae) and, more rarely, Recchia... read more
Nesting begins in early Jun, and family parties still together mid-Sept, in N Mexico (Sonora). Nest a cup made from roots, leaves, grass... read more
S populations sedentary. In N part of range (Sonora), race dilutus a summer visitor,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common; S race aurantiacus described variously as rare and very local, and fairly common to common. May be captured for... read more
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