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A fine shot never killed a bird.

An Italian proverb


Pyrrhuloxia: Have you seen this bird?


The Pyrrhuloxia (Cardinalis sinuatus) is a medium-sized North American bird in the same genus as the Northern Cardinal and the Vermilion Cardinal, which is a South American species.

The Pyrrhuloxia is a resident of Mexico and the southern parts of the U.S. states of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

Identification Tips:
• Length: 7.5 inches
• Large, conical bill with curved culmen
• Crest
• Long tail

Adult male:
• Red crest, wings, tail, face and parts of breast
• Remainder of plumage gray
• Yellow bill

Adult female:
• Reddish crest, wings and tail
• Brownish-gray upperparts
• Gray underparts
• Yellow bill
• Juvenile like adult female but has dark bill

Similar species:
Pyrrhuloxias are similar to Northern Cardinals but Pyrrhuloxias have a yellow bill with a curved culmen and are grayer, less brown.

Its name comes from Greek terms describing its coloration (reddish or orange) and the shape of its bill (oblique, hence crossbill).



A fine shot never killed a bird.

An Italian Danish proverb


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