Bird Details
Northern Cardinal
Color: Brown, Red
Size: 8.75"
Season: Year-round
Description: Male is all red with a large crest and a black mask around a bright orange bill. Female is brownish on the chest and back with reddish wings and tail, blackish face and orange bill.
Voice: Both males and females sing a song consisting of clear, varying slurred whistles - whoit whoit whoit, wa-cheer cheer cheer, and birdy birdy birdy. Call note is a metallic chip.
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Habitat: A common suburban backyard bird also found in brushy areas or at the edges of the woods.
Interesting Fact: In many species of songbirds, only males sing to attract mates and defend territories. However, the Northern Cardinal is one of a few species in which females also regularly sing.
Scientific name: Cardinalis cardinalis
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Cardinalidae

Ryan Brady

Robert Herron

Female on the nest
Delos McCauley

Young in the nest
Delos McCauley
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