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Picture Male & Female Cardinal
There are very few red birds and the bright red coloring of the
cardinal is unmistakable, plus it is the only one with a crest.
Males are bright red with black mask from eyes to throat.
Females and young of this species are buffy brown, with
touches of red on the crest, wings, tail, and breast.
Both male and female have the pointed crests and thick red beaks.
The cardinal is about 7 1/2 to 9 inches.
Their nest is made from twigs, roots, strips of bark and lined
with grass in thick bushes or vines fairly low to the ground.
Cardinals lay 3 to 4 pale bluish white eggs that are finely
spotted with reddish brown.
Food is grapes, holly, wild fruits, wild seeds and insects.
Cardinals do not migrate.
Their loud song is given also by females, which is unusual in
northern songbirds; it may be heard on the first sunny days of
Cardinals belong to the order Passeriformes.
all Perching Birds