This lovely red-headed bird kept turning up during a vacation in Hawaii.
Despite its common name, it is not closely related to the true cardinal family.
The Latin name is Paroaria coronata. Paroaria is what indigenous people in Brazil called it. Paroaria means “small red, white and gray bird”. Coronata means “crowned”. They are generally in pairs or small groups.
It is found mainly in northern South America but has been introduced into Puerto Rico and Hawaii.
Its natural habitat is dry shrubland.
Red-crested Cardinals often occur close to rivers, marshes and lakes. These photos were taken near a lake.
The red crest is usually shown only when the birds are a bit excited.
The species feeds mainly on seeds,
They also enjoy bread thrown to them.