Yellow-billed Cardinal, Paroaria capitata


Yellow-billed Cardinal, 1/7/11, Puako, Big Island, HI
These beautiful little birds, introduced to Hawaii from South America in the 1970s, are common on the leeward coast of the Big Island, and I photographed this one on the deck of our rented vacation house in Puako during January 2011.They are cousins of the (similar, but crested) Red-crested Cardinal which are found on Kauai and Oahu but not on the Big Island. The genus Paroria to which these South American birds belong was recently reclassified from the cardinal into the tanager family, but both species kept their (now misleading) English names.