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Gubernatrix cristata (Yellow Cardinal)

Wikipedia Abstract

The yellow cardinal (Gubernatrix cristata) is a species of bird in the family Thraupidae. Sometimes classified in the bunting and American sparrow family Emberizidae, more recent studies have shown it to belong with the tanagers. It is the only member of its genus, Gubernatrix. It is found in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay.Its natural habitats are dry savanna, temperate shrubland, subtropical or tropical moist shrubland, and temperate grassland.It is threatened by habitat loss and from pet trade trappers.
View Wikipedia Record: Gubernatrix cristata

Endangered Species

Status: Endangered
View IUCN Record: Gubernatrix cristata

EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 4.88107
EDGE Score: 3.85118


Adult Weight [1]  48 grams
Diet [2]  Granivore
Diet - Seeds [2]  100 %
Clutch Size [3]  3
Incubation [3]  13 days


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Dry Chaco Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
Espinal Argentina Neotropic Temperate Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
High Monte Argentina Neotropic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands  
Humid Chaco Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Humid Pampas Argentina Neotropic Temperate Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Low Monte Argentina Neotropic Temperate Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Paraná flooded savanna Argentina Neotropic Flooded Grasslands and Savannas
Southern Andean Yungas Bolivia, Argentina Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Southern Cone Mesopotamian savanna Argentina Neotropic Flooded Grasslands and Savannas
Uruguayan savanna Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
El Palmar National Park II   Entre Rios, Argentina  
Reserva Ecologica de Ñacuñan Ecological Reserve Ia   Argentina  

Important Bird Areas

BirdLife Species Factsheet: View Factsheet
Name Location  IBA Criteria   Website   Climate   Land Use 
Arapey Uruguay A1, A2
Bañados del Río Atuel Argentina A1, A4i
Bella Unión Grasslands Uruguay A1, A2
Bosques de Chacho Argentina A1
Bosques de Olta Argentina A1
Caldenal del Sudoeste de Buenos Aires Argentina A1
Ceibas Argentina A1, A2
Chancaní y Sierras de Pocho Argentina A1
del Este Hills Uruguay A1, A2
Dorso Occidental Subhúmedo de Santa Fe Argentina A1
El Tapado Grasslands Uruguay A1
Espinal de Mercedes Argentina A1
Estepas arbustivas del Sur de Buenos Aires Argentina A1
Felipe Yofre Argentina A1
Jagüel del Monte Argentina A1
Lagunas de Guanacache Argentina A1
Lagunas del suroeste y relictos del Caldenal Argentina A1, A4i
Nandubaysal-El Potrero Argentina A1, A2, A3, A4ii
Parque Nacional El Palmar Argentina A1
Parque Nacional Lihue Calel Argentina A1, A4i
Perdices Argentina A1, A2, A3, A4ii
Região de Pinheiro Machado Brazil A1, A2
Región Estancia Oscuro Argentina A1
Reserva Provincial Florística y Faunística Bosques Teltecas Argentina A1
Reserva Provincial Parque Luro Argentina A1
Rincón del Socorro-Iberá Argentina A1, A2, A3
Salinas de Ambargasta Argentina A1, A2
San Antonio Oeste Argentina A1, A4i, A4iii
Selva de Montiel Argentina A1
Sierras de Guasayán Argentina A1
Sierras del Norte Cordobés Argentina A1
Sistema Península de Valdés Argentina A1, A3, A4i, A4ii, A4iii  
Victorica Argentina A1
Villa marítima El Cóndor Argentina A1

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Atlantic Forest Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay No

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Attica Zoological Park S.A.
Budapest Zool.& Botanical Garden
Jardin Zoologico de Cdad.Buenos Aires
National Aquarium in Baltimore Inc
Zoologicka zahrada Ostrava
Zoologická a botanická zahrada Plzen

Range Map



Attributes / relations provided by
1del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
2Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
3Yellow Cardinal, BirdLife International (1992) Threatened Birds of the Americas. Cambridge, UK: BirdLife International.
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
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Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
Weather provided by NOAA METAR Data Access