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Northern Cardinal

Name (Latin): Cardinalis cardinalis

 


 

                            Size: L 8.75" WS 12" WT: 45g

 

  Description: Males all red, with black face and red bill, large chrest. Females have reddish wings, tail, & crest, blackish face, and red-orange bill.

 

       Song/Sounds: "woit woit woit chew chew chew chew chew," "pichew pichew tiw tiw tiw tiw tiw tiw tiw." Listen Here

 

                Habitat: Brushy habitat, forest edge, suburban settings

         

                             Seasons in Keene: year-round

 

Nest and Eggs: Clutch is 2-5 eggs, Incubation period is 11-13 days, and fledging occurs after 7-13 days

         

          Similar Species: Pyrrhuloxia

 

Distribution: from the eastern U. S. to the mid-west, and down through Mexico

 

                   Population: Stable

 

Threats: During breeding season Cardinals have a tendency to be so defensive against their territory that they will attack their own reflection in the windows of houses. This may cause injury or death, however, the Cardinal is a species of Least Concern (according to the IUCN) and no significant drop in the population has or is likely to occur because of this behavior.

 

        Fun Facts: the female Cardinal is one of the few female songbirds that sings. She typically does this while on the nest. It may be possible that she is conveying to the male what type of food to bring to the nest or other sorts of information.

 

                  Video: Northern Cardinal
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