Pyrrhuloxia Identification

The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    Pyrrhuloxias are stocky, medium-sized songbirds with tall crests and long tails. They have heavy but short seed-cracking bills with a curved culmen, or upper edge.

    Relative Size

    About the size of a Northern Cardinal; larger than a Black-throated Sparrow.

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    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 8.3 in (21 cm)
      • Weight: 0.8-1.5 oz (24-43 g)