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Masked Cardinal
Range Trinidad, north-eastern Colombia and northern Venezuela.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Thraupidae
Genus Paroaria
Species Paroaria nigrogenis
Conservation Status
Least Concern

The Masked cardinal (Paroaria nigrogenis), is a species of tanager in the Thraupidae family. It was formerly placed in the Emberizidae and is not very closely related to the cardinals proper (Cardinalidae).

It was previously considered conspecific with the red-capped cardinal. It is from Trinidad, north-eastern Colombia and northern Venezuela and markedly differs from these two by the black ear-coverts and the red (not black) lower throat and upper chest. Additionally, its lower mandible is typically whitish, but this is not entirely consistent, as it occasionally is pale flesh-coloured. This distinctive taxon as a distinct species, as suggested by the lack of hybridization with Paroaria gularis gularis in the limited area of overlap in southern Venezuela. The common name masked cardinal was suggested.