Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

Brilliant red year-round bird of the East.  Common in Eastern US into the Southwest; prefers dense vegetation and edges; often seen at feeders.  Largish songbird with long tail, crest, and stout bill; male bright red, female brown with red accents.  Unlike most North American birds, both females and males sing.  May form flocks up to a few dozen in winter.  Diet mainly seeds and fruit, with some insects.  Female builds nest in low vegetation.  Lifespan up to 15 years.  Population ~ 120 million and increasing.


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January 24, 2015