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Head to Hawaii to See a Red Crested Cardinal

If you love northern cardinals, you may want to book a trip to Hawaii, South America or Puerto Rico to see the unique and gorgeous red crested cardinal.

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Red Crested Cardinal

“This bird appears to be a red crested cardinal, a Hawaiian bird that resembles the commonly seen northern cardinal. (Psst—check out more birds that look like cardinals). Only the bird’s head is red, not the rest of its body. I snapped a photo of this curious bird on Kauai after he landed on a chair near where I was having breakfast,” says Richard Ketai. This medium sized songbird, which is native to South America, has a light colored breast with dark gray colored wings and tail. Discover fascinating cardinal bird facts.

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Hawaiian Cardinal

“I love cardinals! While I was in Kauai this summer, I came across this Hawaiian cardinal. I spent over an hour one morning trying to get this picture,” says Thomas Lilly. Check out more simply stunning bird photos of cardinals.

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Curious Cardinal

“I love the inquisitive nature of this little red crested cardinal. He is a regular visitor to our yard,” says Pamela Nabors. Did you know—red crested cardinals can also be spotted in Puerto Rico. Discover proven ways to attract and identify northern cardinals.

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Camera Loving Cardinal

“I took this shot close to my former home in the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. This is a red crested cardinal, taking a break on a tree trunk at a beach park during the spring season. He was very inquisitive and didn’t mind me taking so many pictures of him. He was almost posing and showing me his different sides as if he was used to having his photo taken! There are so many beautiful birds in Hawaii and on this day, this little guy was giving me some personal time,” says Carla Walsh. Do northern cardinals mate for life?

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Rainy Day Redbird

“I took this photo while walking in Maui. The bird is a red crested cardinal (psst—have you ever seen a desert cardinal?) It was lightly raining and darker than normal for a morning there,” says David Golding. Don’t miss these cute baby cardinal photos.

Lori Vanover
Lori Vanover is the senior digital editor for Birds & Blooms. She has a bachelor's degree in agricultural and environmental communications from the University of Illinois. Lori enjoys growing vegetables and flowers for pollinators in her backyard gardens. She also is an avid bird-watcher.

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