The northern cardinal is so well loved that it has been named the official bird of no fewer than 7 U.S. states. Bright red cardinals are easily identified.
The Northern Cardinal cannot be missed with its beautiful bright red coloring. Unlike the males, the females are pale brown in tone but do have a sharp crest and red accents throughout. It is a favorite among people and even the state bird of seven states. The Northern Cardinal is a songbird, making melodic sounds when it speaks. The female will often “sing” when nesting, telling the male information of when to bring food to the nest. A pair makes their own song, sharing phrases with each other. It is a long string of two-parted whistles, speeding up towards the end.
They tend to feed low to the ground and forage for seeds, fruit and insects. Because of this, their nest stay relatively low was well, built mostly by the female. Some may know Cardinals by their behavior, attacking their reflection in a window, or varied mirrored objects. Both males and females do this due to defending their breeding area. After a few weeks, their behavior normally subsides.