Sunday, January 09, 2011

red crested cardinal, kapiolani park

red crested cardinal, honolulu zoo

A red-crested cardinal in Honolulu's Kapiolani Park. They're native to South America and were introduced to the Hawaiian islands around 1930. I haven't found any info on why they were imported originally. As far as I know they're strictly decorative; they aren't edible and they don't control agricultural pests. So maybe they escaped someone's aviary or something along those lines. In any case, they're kind of cute and they seem to be everywhere.

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