Posted by: kauaikolea2 | January 4, 2012

Cardinals on Kaua’i


Christmas is just past and chances are you received a Christmas card with a brilliant red cardinal frolicking in pristine white snow — a standard time-tested holiday/winter image, particularly on the mainland.

Did you know that Kaua’i also has cardinals (but thankfully, no snow)?

The red-crested cardinal (Paroaria coronata) was introduced to the islands and is native to Brazil.  It is a friendly little bird, easily approached.  A few days ago, while having brunch in Hanalei, we noted several red-crested cardinals boldly searching under the picnic tables for stray goodies.  These birds have bright red tufted heads, a white collar and belly, and gray body.

Another introduced cardinal is the northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) and is the cardinal most people recognize.  Males are bright, crimson red with black faces and coral/red beaks. Females are a fawn/light brown color, with mostly grayish-brown tones and slight reddish tint in their wings and tail feathers, also with a bright coral/red beak. Both male and female cardinals have prominent raised crests and strong beaks.

Come to Kaua’i and check out our cardinals and other birds — birdwatching in spectacular on our island.  And check out Hula Now’s Kauai  vacation rental condos (www.hulanow.com or 1 855 HULA NOW)  that provide affordable luxury, making every vacation with us, the vacation of a life time, every time.

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