Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2010-33

Common name:


Scientific name: Cardinalis sinuatus
Date: 09/30/10
Time: 6;00 pm
Length of time observed: 20 seconds
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: Male
Location: Lytle Ranch, Beaver Dam Wash
County: Washington
Latilong: 19
Elevation: ~ 850
Distance to bird: 10 m
Optical equipment: 10 x 42 binoculars
Weather: clear, calm, and hot (102)
Light Conditions: afternoon sunlight
Description:        Size of bird:  
(Description:)       Basic Shape: similar to a cardinal
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: red and grey
(Description:)            Bill Type: short, stubby, with strongly downcurved upper mandible
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Overall coloration bright red and gray. Head with a prominent, long, thin red crest; gray forehead, crown, and nape; red face extending from top of bill down to chin and behind eye; eye black on red face; short stubby pale bill (creamy yellow colored); back and sides pale gray with red patch across chest and belly; wings gray with red coverts, primaries, and secondaries; relatively long tail - uppersurface gray, lower surface pale red, with gray undertail coverts; legs black.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: none heard
Behavior: First observed in a pomegranite bush in the orchard. After a brief glimpse it moved across the trail into catclaw acacias where it perched for a minute or so before moving deeper into the acacias. I never relocated the bird despite extensive searching.
Habitat: edge of orchard and thick catclaw acacia / desert willow thickets along edge of riparian cooridor
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
only the Northern Cardinal is similar in shape and dimensions, however Pyrruloxia coloration is unique and Northern Cardinal has a very large pinkish orange bill in all plumages.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
References consulted:  
Description from: Notes made later
Observer: Rick Fridell
Observer's address: Hurricane, UT
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: 10-01-10
Additional material: Photos