Northern Cardinals added to Aviary
The Northern Cardinal may be one of the most recognizable birds in North America. The male with his bright red feathers, crested head, short cone-shaped bill reddish bill and black mask can be heard singing proudly from high in the tree tops – “Cue-cue-cue.” “Cheer-cheer-cheer.”
The females have the same black face and red-orange bill but lack the brilliant red of the male. They are much paler overall with reddish tinges in the wings, tail, and crest.
The Northern Cardinal is found in backyards, parks, and wooded areas throughout all of the eastern United State and as far north as southeastern Canada. A common visitor to bird feeders it mostly eats seeds (sunflower seeds especially), grains, fruits, berries and insects like beetles, grasshoppers, and caterpillars.
They can live up to 15 years in the wild and are non-migratory birds. Most cardinals live within a mile of where they were born.
Here is a juvenile during it’s molting phase.
The Northern Cardinal is the official state bird of seven states (more than any other species).
Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia.
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