Reader Karen Bartelt celebrates a Festival of Cardinals; her notes are indented:
Our yard is a haven for Northern Cardinals (Cardinalis cardinalis), especially in the winter:
However, it’s nice to see them other places, like Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, Kauai, Hawaii.
If you got the latest issue of National Wildlife, you already know that Hawaii’s native bird population is suffering due to a combination of issues. However, there are numerous introduced species that are doing well. I have mixed feelings about this, but I’ve decided I’d rather see Hawaii with birds than without, even if the birds are not the originals. I’m sure some people will differ.
One of the most striking introduced species is the Red-crested Cardinal (Paroaria coronata). Natives of the Amazon, I’ve seen them on Oahu (first photo) and Kauai (second photo).
At the Puuhonua o Honaunau Historical Park south of Kona, we saw the Yellow-billed Cardinal (Paroaria capitata), also a South American native. This one came from my husband’s photos, and is used with permission. The cardinal is bathing with a group of Warbling Silverbills (aka White-throated Munia, Lonchura malabarica). .
Lastly, a pair of Red-capped Cardinals (Paroaira gularis) along a tributary of the Peruvian Amazon. The immature bird has a rusty head.