An Introduction to the Birds of Tropical America

    Songbirds - Cardinals    

A diverse set of birds called cardinals, saltators and grosbeaks are grouped in one family, cardinalidae. They are medium-sized songbirds with bills larger than those of tanagers.


Vermilion Cardinal
Vermilion Cardinal (Cardinalis phoeniceus) Female
Los Flamencos Wildlife Sanctuary, Camarones, La Guajira, Colombia
A female Vermilion Cardinal, a species of the very dry parts of north Colombia and Venezuela.

Streaked Saltator
Streaked Saltator (Saltator striatipectus)
Minca, Magdalena, Colombia

Crested Ant Tanager
Crested Ant Tanager (Habia cristata)
ProAves Tangaras Reserve, El Carmen de Atrato, Choco, Colombia
The Crested Ant Taanger is neither an antbird or a tanager, but a member of Cardinalidae.

Black-winged Saltator
Black-winged Saltator (Saltator atripennis)
Tatama National Park, Pueblo Rico, Risaralda, Colombia

Summer Tanager
Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) Immature Male
ProAves Cerulean Warbler Reserve, San Vicente de Chucuri, Santander, Colombia
A species that migrates from North America. The male is red and the female yellow. This is an immature male getting its colors.


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