Red Capped Cardinal


Sani Lodge, Ecuador

The Red-capped Cardinal is a small South American bird. The red-capped cardinal favors mangrove swamps and other wet, open areas. It feeds on insects, rice and fruit that it finds in its wetland habitat. This bird builds a cup-shaped nest out of roots, twigs and leaves, in which the female lays two-three eggs. It is usually found in conspicuous pairs or family groups.




Conservation Status: Least Concern
Least Concern - LC

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Here are a few fun facts:

  • The adult Red-capped Cardinal is 6.5 inches long and weighs about 22 grams.
  • The song is a variable, often repeated series of suweet-chu notes, and the call is a sharp chep.
  • This is a bird of swamps, mangrove, Várzea and other semi-open areas near water.

Park Hours

Open 7 days a week
April 1 st – October 31 st:
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

November 1 st – March 31 st:
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

Admission Prices

Adults 12 & over $7.00

Children 3 to 11 $5.00

Seniors 65+ $6.00

Children 2 years and under — FREE

Our Location

Charles Paddock Zoo is located at 9100 Morro Road, Atascadero, CA 93422

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