Yellow Cardinal Gubernatrix cristata

Yellow Cardinal
Yellow Cardinal
The Yellow Cardinal was previously classed as a bunting or American sparrow, but is now classed as a tanager. It was previously common in Argentina and Uruguay and present in far south Brazil but the population has declined rapidly in recent years and the bird is now rare and mainly confined to a few fragmented regions of northern Argentina and Uruguay.
Yellow Cardinal
Yellow Cardinal male
Yellow Cardinal male
It is endangered by habitat loss and significant trapping for the cagebird trade, particularly the male, shown above, with his attractive yellow face and melodious song.
Yellow Cardinal female
Yellow Cardinal female
Yellow Cardinal
The female, above, has a grey cheek and white instead of yellow on her brow, eyeline and moustache. She also has a grey chest.