Red-Crested Cardinal
(Brazilian cardinal)
(Paroaria coronata)

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Invasive Status
Introduced Population increasing
Natural Range
  • Central South America
Introduced Range
  • Hawaii
  • Japan
  • Puerto Rico
Pet trade

None known

Removal Methods


The red-crested cardinal (Paroaria coronata), sometimes called the Brazilian cardinal, is a small passerine bird.


Native RangeEdit

The red-crested cardinal is native to parts of South America. Its native range encompasses east Bolivia, west and central Paraguay, Uraguay and south to south-east Brazil. [1]

Introduced RangeEdit

The red-crested cardinal has been introduced to Hawaii and is present on the islands of Muai, Molokai, Lanai, Oahu, Kauai. [2]

In Japan, the red-crested cardinal has established breeding populations in Tokyo, Saitama and Osaka, with persistent sightings in Kanagawa, Mie, Nara, Kyoto and Hyogo. [3]

This species has also been introduced to Peurto Rico. [4]

Adittionally, the red-crested cardinal is a common escapee species in Florida, although it hasn't yet bred. [5]

Pathways and IntroductionEdit

The red-crested cardinal is popular as an exotic pet and animals commonly escape from captivity. [3/5]


The impacts of the red-crested cardinal are understudied. No impacts of the species' introduction are known. [3]

Control and Removal MethodsEdit

No methods are ebing used to control or reduce introduced red-crested cardinal populations. [3]


1 The Internet Bird Collection


3 National (Japan) Institute for Environmental Studies: Invasive Species of Japan


5 Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commisson