(BFF's) Pyrrhuloxia ~ Male by Kimberly Chadwick


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Taken in Marana, Arizona in my back yard using a Canon Powershot SX10IS

A cardinal of brushy desert areas and rachlands, especially near streams with mesquite, acacia, and hackberry. They are found in dry, open areas more often than Northern Cardinals and appears to better tolerate the extreme aridity and heat of the Chihuahuan and Sonoran Deserts.

Feeding on seeds and insects, uses a strong bill to crush mesquite beans. Moves in small groups through thorny brush and branches. Nest is a loosely built cup of grasses, twigs, and bark strips hidden in dense, thorny brush. Female lays 3-4 speckled white eggs.

VOICE very similar to Northern Cardinal but higher


  • The Pyrrhuloxia was first described in 1838 by Charles Lucien Bonaparte, French naturalist and ornithologist, and nephew of Emperor Napoleon.
  • Its name comes from Greek terms describing its coloration and the shape of its bill.
  • It has been occasionally suggested that a more appropriate name would be “Desert Cardinal”.

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  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous bird and capture Kimberly!! I’ve never seen one of these before…what a great find!!

  • I have two pairs that visit my backyard. I love there personality and colors. A real joy to see! Thank you so very much my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 4 years ago

    This is beautiful,

  • Thank you Ann!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    Fantastic shot! Have never seen one of these, though I guess my father-in-law saw them often when he led birding trips out west. Such a pretty fellow.

  • I love being able to share new things with ya’ll, I thank you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Well caught in the act of eating!

  • He is a little piggy no doubt! Thank you Trish!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosover 4 years ago

    This is wonderful, such brilliant work.

  • Thank you my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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