Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Pyrrhuloxia

Back to our February Texas trip. Visiting our friends at their ranch north of Edinburg. 21 February 2012. The first bird to greet us was this female Pyrrhuloxia. I have previously posted a photo of a male Pyrrhuloxia taken in south Texas in 2012.

Pyrrhuloxia are found in desert scrub in the southwest United States and northern Mexico. They are closely related to Northern Cardinals, and their calls are difficult to separate. The ranges of the two birds overlap, although Pyrrhuloxia prefer drier habitat. When breeding in the same area, the two species tend to ignore each other. One hybrid Northern Cardinal x Pyrrhuloxia has been recorded from Arizona (Tweit and Thompson 1999).

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