Northern Cardinal

The Northern Cardinal is easily recognized by its vibrant red color. The brighter the male, the more plentiful the food is in its territory and the better its chance of bearing offspring.

As she sits on the nest, the female Northern Cardinal sings, perhaps communicating to the male Northern Cardinal about the need for more food for the hatchlings or about possible dangers lurking nearby.

The Northern Cardinal is also featured in our article on the Top 15 Photogenic Feeder Birds.


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