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Pyrrhuloxia (Cardinalis sinuatus)
pyrrhuloxia

DESCRIPTION: L=8.75" (22cm). Sexes different. Similar to Northern Cardinals with crest and thick, conical beak, but use thicker, strongly curved, pale (even yellow) bill in both sexes to distinguish from Northern Cardinal. Adult male is gray overall, with red on face, crest, wings, tail, and underparts -- may be quite striking. Female is overall brownish, with very little red (if present, usually in wings, crest, and underparts, but much more subtle than in males).
SONG: consists of loud, clear notes -- "cue cue cue"; very similar to Northern Cardinal.
NATURAL HISTORY: Diet of seed, fruit, and insects.

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pyrrhuloxia hybrid with northern cardinal, showing a little black at base of bill