Northern Cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis
The Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) is a North American bird in the genus Cardinalis; 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, shrub lands, and swamps.
The Northern Cardinal is a mid-sized songbird with a body length of 21 centimeters (8.3 inches). It has a distinctive crest on the head and a mask on the face which is black in the male and gray in the female. The male is a vibrant red, while the female is a dull red-brown shade. The Northern Cardinal is mainly granivorous, but also feeds on insects and fruit. The male behaves territorially, marking out his territory with song. During courtship, the male feeds seed to the female beak-to-beak. A clutch of three to four eggs is laid, and two to four clutches are produced each year.
The females tend to be shy and retiring, staying hidden in thickets most of the time. The males are very aggressive when it comes to defending their territories, and can often be seen perched near the top of a tree while singing to let other males know who the boss is.
Cardinals will readily come to a backyard feeder, and they are often the birds people most want to attract when they do begin feeding birds.
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