Featured in Songbirds of North America November 13, 2011.
Featured in Bubblers’ Weekly Challenge group July 20, 2009.
Third Place in the “Fiery RedHeads” challenge in _Bubblers’ Weekly Challenge July 20, 2009.
Featured in Safe Haven February 10, 2009.
It’s a dark and cold winter afternoon. New snow is falling lightly, always a sure sign that the storm will continue all day and build up on the already fallen white stuff. It’s been a long winter and the thought of another dark day is not a happy one. Suddenly your eye is caught by a brilliantly colored little ball of crimson feathers that flutters into view. Your trusty cardinal friend has dropped by for a spot of bird seed and to cheer you up.
And it worked.
Male Northern Cardinal
The Cardinals or Cardinalidae are a family of passerine birds found in North and South America. The South American cardinals in the genus Paroaria are placed in another family, the Thraupidae (previously placed in Emberizidae).
These are robust, seed-eating birds, with strong bills. The family ranges in size from the 12-cm, 11.5-gram Orange-breasted Bunting to the 25-cm, 85-gram Black-headed Saltator[verification needed]. They are typically associated with open woodland. The sexes usually have distinctive appearances; the family is named for the red plumage (colored cardinal like the color of a Catholic cardinal’s vestments) of males of the type species, the Northern Cardinal.
The “buntings” in this family are sometimes generically known as “tropical buntings” (though not all live in the tropics) or “North American buntings” (though there are other buntings in North America) to distinguish them from the true buntings. Likewise the grosbeaks in this family are sometimes called “cardinal-grosbeaks” to distinguish them from other grosbeaks. The name “cardinal-grosbeak” can also apply to this family as a whole.
Most species are rated by the IUCN as least concern, though some are near threatened."
info courtesy of Wikipedia