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Northern Cardinal (Male)

Northern Cardinal (Male)
The northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) is a North American bird; 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 male is a vibrant red, while the female is a dull red-brown shade. The male behaves territorially, marking out his territory with song. During courtship, the male feeds seed to the female beak-to-beak. 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. Northern cardinals are preyed upon by a wide variety of predators native to North America, including falcons, all Accipiter hawks, shrikes, and several owls, including long-eared owls, and eastern screech owls. Predators of chicks and eggs include: milk snakes, coluber constrictors, blue jays, eastern gray squirrels, fox squirrels, eastern chipmunks, and domestic cats. Pairs mate for life, and stay together year-round. Mated pairs sometimes sing together before nesting. Males sometimes bring nest material to the female, who does most of the building. She crushes twigs with her beak until they are pliable, then turns in the nest to bend the twigs around her body and push them into a cup shape with her feet. The male cares for and feeds each brood as the female incubates the next clutch of eggs. 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. Cropped only; otherwise untouched.

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John Lawrence
John Lawrence
Your excellent image has been seen and admired in:
Pictorials
2 years ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Superb !

Admired in ~ Wildlife In The Garden

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Admired in ~ I ♥ Nature
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
Puzzler4879
Puzzler4879
His Eminence never looked better, Kris! Nice portraiture.

Your image was seen in
Natures Kingdom Group
and deserves this award

NK AWARD
Thank You
2 years ago.
Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley
An excellent image Kris, thank you for posting to Fur, Fin and Feather.
7 months ago.