Pyrrhuloxia – Sabrina Salome



The Pyrrhuloxia is a desert bird similar in appearance and closely related to the Northern Cardinal. The name Pyrrhuloxia denotes one of the ways to distinguish these two species, being partially derived from the Greek word loxuos, or “crooked” and  referring to the shape of the gape. Take a close look at the beak and you will find an easy way to distinguish this bird from the Northern Cardinal. Here, a Pyrrhuloxia feeds on one of its many desert dinner options, which include cactus fruit, seeds, and a wide variety of insects.

Sabrina Salome is an amateur wildlife photographer with a passion for things with big teeth. She is dedicated to the field of conservation and in her spare time incorporates her love of wildlife into her creative expression, using writing, illustration, and photography to share with the world how she sees them. She holds a B.S. in Zoology from Michigan State University. You can find more of her work on Instagram @sabrina_salomee and contact her at for photo or order inquiries.

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