Pyrrhuloxia Photo

By June 12, 2009Arizona, Birds

Pyrrhuloxia (Cardinalis sinuatus). This was one of the two birds I was hoping to see in Arizona. In general, we do not see small colorful birds like this in Southern California (except for escaped exotics like parrots). At first I thought Pyrrhuloxia was the latin (scientific) name for this bird, but then I learned the latin name is Cardinalis sinuatus. So I guess the Pyrrhuloxia is closely related to the Cardinal (see tomorrow’s post). Regardless, it’s a pretty little bird.

Pyrrhuloxia, male, Cardinalis sinuatus, Amado, Arizona

Pyrrhuloxia, male.
Image ID: 22894
Species: Pyrrhuloxia, Cardinalis sinuatus
Location: Amado, Arizona, USA

Shot at Bill Forbes’ Pond at Elephant Head, which I visited and described recently.

About Phil Colla

I am a natural history photographer. I enjoy making compelling images in the ocean, on land, and in the air. I have maintained the Natural History Photography blog since 2005 and my searchable Natural History Photography Library since 1997. Here are some tear sheets and behind the scenes views. Thanks for looking!