cardinal with black head orange beak

by pamela
(huntley il USA)

Looks like a cardinal with a black head and very orange beak red brighter than regular cardinal and seems larger. i believe that the female was also here...breast much lighter(almost white) also larger. Looks like black and red grosbeak? i live in Illinois. This bird only in Brazil?


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Likely a Rose-breasted grosbeak migrating south for the winter. You can learn lots more about them here.

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Apr 17, 2016
I Know!!! NEW
by: Anonymous

I just read on the internet, no less....this is a northern cardinal. If it's on the internet it Must be true.

Aug 09, 2014
Unusual bird sighting NEW
by: Nancy Thomas

I too have seen this red bird with black round head and orange beak. It has been in our huge wisteria tree/bush with sparrows. Have seen the tail fanned out. Boyfriend insists it's cardinal but I've never seen it with other cardinals. I have sighted it several times during this summer, most recently yesterday, Aug 8, 2014.

Aug 05, 2013
Cardinal with a parasite
by: Melissa

We, too, have a red cardinal with a black head that visits our feeder - I read somewhere that it's cardinal with a parasite. The parasite has caused the feathers on the head to fall out, causing it to look black.

Jun 01, 2013
Definitely not a Rose-Crested Gosbeak
by: Anonymous

I live in Lake County, Illinois and we have the same kind of cardinals who have black heads (bald-looking), orange beaks, and red bodies. The females are almost completely gray in color with only flashes of red on the wings and a few other places, but with the typical cardinal crest. I have no idea what it is either.

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