Male Northern Cardinal - Ottawa, Ontario

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The Northern Cardinal is a mid-sized songbird with a body length of 20-23 centimeters long(8.3–9 in) and a wingspan of 25–31 centimeters (10–12 in). It weighs about 45 grams (1.6 oz). The male is slightly larger than the female.6 The male is a brilliant crimson red with a black face mask over the eyes, extending to the upper chest. The color is dullest on the back and wings.7 The female is fawn, with mostly grayish-brown tones and a slight reddish tint on the wings, the crest, and the tail feathers.8 The face mask of the female is gray to black and is less defined than that of the male. Both sexes possess prominent raised crests and bright coral-colored beaks. The beak is cone-shaped and strong.7 Young birds, both male and female, show the coloring similar to the adult female until the fall, when they molt and grow adult feathers.9 They are brown above and red-brown below, with brick-colored crest, forehead, wings, and tail.4 The legs and feet are a dark pink-brown. The iris of the eye is brown.4
The female lacks the vivid red color of the male.

“The plumage color of the males is produced from carotenoid pigments in the diet.10 Coloration is produced from both red pigments and yellow carotenoid pigments.11 Northern Cardinal males possess the ability to metabolize carotenoid pigments to create plumage pigmentation of a different color than the ingested pigment. When fed only yellow pigments, males become a pale red color, rather than a yellow.” Wikipedia

Nikon D300
ISO 400
EV 0.00
Spot Metering
No Flash
550 mm
WB Cloudy

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