from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large crested finch (Cardinalis sinuatus) of Mexico and the southwest United States, having gray and red plumage and a short thick bill.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several North American birds, of the genus Cardinalis, that have grey and red plumage

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of Fringillidæ, closely related to Cardinalis, but having a very short stout turgid bill, like a bullfinch's; the Texas cardinals.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. crested grey-and-red bird of southwest United States and Mexico


New Latin Pyrrhūloxia, genus name : Pyrrhūla, finch genus (from Greek purroulas, red-colored bird, from purros, red, from pūr, fire; see pyre) + Loxia, crossbill genus (from Greek loxos, oblique).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From former genus name, from Pyrrhula ("genus of bullfinches") +‎ -oxia (Wiktionary)


  • The male pyrrhuloxia takes it a step further and engages in some vigorous splashing before flitting away.

    KGBT 4 - KGBT - News of the Rio Grande Valley

  • Bird-watcher Don Feyrer gets a fleeting glimpse of a red-trimmed pyrrhuloxia as the bird flits from a thicket along the Sutherland Trail.



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