I never knew this bird existing until Mary DeVaughn sent me a link last weekend.

This is a red-crested cardinal (Paroaria coronata), native to South America and introduced in Hawaii and Puerto Rico. 

Although he looks like a northern cardinal wearing a gray cloak, he's actually in the tanager family.

(photo from Wikimedia Commons.  Click the photo to see the original)

5 thoughts on “Handsome!

  1. I love seeing these cardinals in Hawaii – reminds me of home. I don’t know why I always thought our cardinals were finches, but grosbeak makes more sense.

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