Female Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

I don’t see Female Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) quite as often as I see the flamboyant red-coloured males.

I don’t see Female Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) quite as often as I see the vibrabt red-coloured males. The female Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) has a more subtle yet elegant appearance. Unlike the vibrant red plumage of the male, the female sports a more subdued colouration, featuring a warm brownish-grey overall with reddish tinges on the wings, tail, and crest. Her crest is also less pronounced compared to the male's prominent crest.

Female Northern Cardinals are known to exhibit shy and cautious behaviour, spending much of their time foraging for seeds and insects on the ground or in low shrubs and bushes. They are skilled nest builders, constructing cup-shaped nests using twigs, grasses, and other plant materials, typically hidden in dense vegetation for protection.

Northern Cardinals are adaptable birds that thrive in a variety of habitats, including woodlands, forest edges, gardens, and suburban areas with ample shrubbery and trees. The male bird's melodic songs and striking presence make them a favourite among birdwatchers.

Author: Khürt Williams

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