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"Black" Cardinal

I live in the Tucson, Arizona area. I am familiar with the Pyrrhuloxia and the Cardinals that frequent the area. In the past month I have seen several black, Cardinal like birds. They are the size and shape of the Northern Cardinal, including the distinctive crest, but they are black. I have seen them at several different locations, so it is more than just one bird. Any idea what this bird may be? Thnx, Bob

Birding Expert - George H. Harrison

You are seeing phainopeplas, which are often called black cardinals. They are found in the US only in the Southwest, and they are faily common in the dry washes of your region. Males are black, females gray. GHH

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