The Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) is a North American bird in the genus Cardinalis; it is also known colloquially as the redbird or common cardinal. It can be found in southern Canada, through the eastern United States from Maine to Texas and south through Mexico. It is found in woodlands, gardens, shrublands, and swamps.
The Northern Cardinal is a mid-sized songbird with a body length of 21 cm (8.3 in). It has a distinctive crest on the head and a mask on the face which is black in the male and gray in the female. The male is a vibrant red, while the female is a dull red-brown shade. The Northern Cardinal is mainly granivorous, but also feeds on insects and fruit. The male behaves territorially, marking out his territory with song. During courtship, the male feeds seed to the female beak-to-beak. A clutch of three to four eggs is laid, and two to four clutches are produced each year.
The common name, as well as the scientific name, of the Northern Cardinal refers to the cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church, who wear distinctive red robes and caps. The term “Northern” in the common name refers to its range, as it is the northernmost cardinal species.
The Northern Cardinal is the state bird of seven states, more than any other species: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia. It was also a candidate to become the state bird of Delaware, but lost to the Blue Hen of Delaware.

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  • teresa731
    teresa731almost 2 years ago

    Love the icy branches.. very nice capture!!

  • Thank you so much for the feature and the comment! :-)

    – mcstory

  • seeya
    seeyaalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful image, the iced branches create a wonderful frame for the female cardinal:) Sandy

  • Thank you so much Sandy!

    – mcstory

  • MaryinMaine
    MaryinMaineover 1 year ago

    Birds in Trees Challenge

  • Thank you, Mary!

    – mcstory

  • MaryinMaine
    MaryinMaine11 months ago

    January Avatar Challenge

  • Thank you so much!

    – mcstory

  • KSKphotography
    KSKphotography11 months ago

    Love, love this capture of Mrs. cardinal. The ice on the branches is perfect for the theme

  • Thank you so much! :-)

    – mcstory

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