pyrrhuloxia

noun pyr·rhu·lox·ia \ ¦pir-(y)ə-¦läk-sē-ə \

Definition of pyrrhuloxia

plural -s
:a medium-sized songbird (Cardinalis sinuatus) of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico that has a short, thick bill, a prominent crest, and gray and red plumage
  • The pyrrhuloxia is shaped like a cardinal but the male is gray with red accents on face, breast, crest, wings and tail. His bill is heavier and pale. The female is all gray.
  • —Phyllis YochemCorpus Christi (Texas) Caller-Times12 Feb. 2005
  • … many of the park's long-term campers maintain seed and citrus feeders for hummingbirds, thrashers, northern cardinals and the less-common pyrrhuloxias, the beautiful wine and gray desert cardinals.
  • —Jim Burns, Arizona Republic (Phoenix)18 Dec. 2008
called also desert cardinal

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Origin and Etymology of pyrrhuloxia

New Latin, from Pyrrhula, genus of finches (from Greek pyrrhoulas, a red-colored bird, perhaps the bullfinch, from pyrrhos red) + Loxia


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