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Northern Cardinal (Male) - Explore

Northern Cardinal (Male) - Explore
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.

@ngélique ♥, Maryse l'homel lesclancher, Don Sutherland, cammino and 8 other people have particularly liked this photo


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William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Amazing close-up!
22 months ago.
Lorraine
Lorraine
un magnifique oiseau, rarement vu sur notre continent. Merci pour ce partage
22 months ago.
Saffron Blaze
Saffron Blaze
Saw one of these in the yard the other day... so beautiful like this one.
22 months ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Great !

Admired in ~ Wildlife In The Garden
22 months ago. Edited 22 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
Just dropping by to enjoy your great photo, and to wish you a good weekend
22 months ago.
Kathleen Thorpe-BUSY
Kathleen Thorpe-BUSY
Great shot.
22 months ago.
Michel Faivre
Michel Faivre
Un cardinal de virginie comme je rêvais de posséder étant enfant !
22 months ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Outstanding shot.
22 months ago.
Gerlinde
Gerlinde
what a nice bird! superb capture!
22 months ago.
Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Wonderful coloured bird; well taken.
Congrats on Explore.
22 months ago.