We saw these beautiful birds all over the Hawaiian Islands. This is the Red-crested cardinal.
Although it looks like the cardinals they have here in North Carolina, it is actually not really related. (Other than both being birds.)
North Carolina cardinals are in the Cardinalidae family. They are really cardinals.
Hawaiian Red-crested cardinals are in the Thraupidae family. They are actually tanagers. Tanagers dressed up like cardinals.
Red-crested cardinals are actually not native to Hawaii. They are from South America. They were brought to Hawaii.
Pedro, the bird in the cartoon movie Rio is a red-crested cardinal.
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