Yellow Cardinal

Yellow Cardinal

Yellow Cardinal by Judy Studwell
Species & Artwork Details
Status: 
Endangered
Family: 
THRAUPIDAE
Order: 
PASSERIFORMES
Genus: 
Gubernatrix
Species: 
cristata
Population trend: 
decreasing
Authority: 
Vieillot, 1817
Common names (Spa): 
Cardenal Amarillo
Medium: 
Scratchboard
The vivid yellow and black plumage of this bird makes it immensely popular for the illegal caged songbird trade. The cardinal part of its name comes from the crest on its head, which resembles the Northern Cardinal, but it is thought to be a tanager-finch. Once abundant in Southeastern Brazil, Uruguay, and central Argentina, it is very rarely seen. It is thought to only exist in small pockets in Buenos Aires, San Luis and Rio Negro in Argentina and in a few parts of Uruguay. We think caged birds sing, when indeed they cry. John Webster