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 (pĭr′ə-lŏk′sē-ə, pĭr′yə-)
A large crested songbird (Cardinalis sinuatus) of Mexico and the southwest United States, having gray and red plumage and a short thick bill.

[New Latin Pyrrhūloxia, name of the former genus in which the songbird was classified : Pyrrhūla, bullfinch genus (from Greek purroulas, red-colored bird, from purros, red, from pūr, fire; see pyre) + Loxia, crossbill genus (from Greek loxos, oblique).]
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(Animals) a grey-and-pink crested bunting, Pyrrhuloxia sinuata, of Central and SW North America, with a short parrot-like bill
[from New Latin Pyrrhula genus of the finches (from Greek purrhoulas a flame-coloured bird, from purrhos red, from pur fire) + Loxia genus of the crossbills, from Greek loxos oblique]
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(ˌpɪr əˈlɒk si ə)

n., pl. -lox•i•as.
a songbird, Cardinalis(Pyrrhuloxia)sinuatus, of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, resembling the cardinal but with a red breast and gray back.
[< New Latin, =Pyrrhu(la) finch genus (< Greek pyrrhoúlas a red bird]
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Noun1.pyrrhuloxia - crested grey-and-red bird of southwest United States and Mexicopyrrhuloxia - crested grey-and-red bird of southwest United States and Mexico
finch - any of numerous small songbirds with short stout bills adapted for crushing seeds
genus Pyrrhuloxia - large showy finches related to cardinals
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The Pyrrhuloxia or desert cardinal from the American southwest and northern Mexico and Lawrence's goldfinch from California are two examples.
Of the 11 species of resident passerines we captured, all but the pyrrhuloxia were nesting in both arroyos and uplands (Kozma and Matthews, 1997).
Some of the birds that can be found there typically do not occur elsewhere in the country and include the colima warbler, Lucifer hummingbird, band-tailed pigeon, varied bunting, flammulated owl, elf owl, Mexican jay, black-chinned sparrow, green kingfisher, pyrrhuloxia, and crissal thrasher.