Northern Cardinal Photo Gallery
What does the Northern Cardinal look like?
Northern Cardinals are medium sized songbirds. They have long tails, thick conical red bills and pink legs. Males are a brilliant red overall with a black bandit makes on their faces. Females are less showy; they have an overall light brown with reddish hues on their wings, tails and crests. Males tend to be slightly larger than females and both sexes have pointed crests on their heads.
Northern Cardinal Habitat
Northern Cardinal Facts
Northern Cardinals are primarily herbivores, eating mainly seeds and grains. They will however occasionally enjoy an insect snack. Unlike most songbirds, female cardinals sing songs as well. Both male and females fiercely defend territory, especially during breeding season. Strikingly beautiful, the North Cardinal is the state bird of seven states. They often fall victim to birds of prey.