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.
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