Animal Update: Red-Capped Cardinal Chicks

Two red-capped cardinal chicks have hatched in our Upland Tropical Rain Forest exhibit!

Published September 01, 2017

Red-capped cardinals can be found in the tropical lowlands of the Andes, including Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador. They prefer to make their nests in swamps and wetlands.

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These birds can grow up to 6.5 inches in length and weigh around 22 grams. Red-capped cardinals eat insects, rice and fruit.

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They get their name from the bright red feathers on their heads–or caps–that signify they are adults. Chicks have brown feathered caps, but will grow red feathers after their first molt. You can spot these brightly-colored birds flying around in Upland Tropical Rain Forest as they bring mealworms to the newly-hatched chicks.

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Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes updates!

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