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Northern cardinals, courting

Cardinalis cardinalis


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.


They 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, shrublands, and swamps. Seen in my yard.

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26 Comments (1–25)

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Thanks for the nice comments! Unfortunately, this part of North Carolina doesn't fall within your mission radius, LandmarkExpert, but thanks for the invitation.

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 8 years ago

What a lovely!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 8 years ago

would you consider adding this to the backyard birds of northeastern usa mission?
thank you!

MrsroadRunner 9 years ago

Vary nice!!

CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

This is so wonderful! WOW! Amazing! So cute!

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Thanks, matimar1 - I agree with you!

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Mandy, I just added this posting to your mission; thanks for asking

Mandy Hollman
Mandy Hollman 9 years ago

Adorable series! Could you please add it to "Southern Romance"? This is one of the more "romantic" animal spottings :)

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Gracias, Marcelo!

MarceloCamacho 9 years ago


Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Thanks, willie and Mayra!

MayraSpringmann 9 years ago

Fantastic series!!!

williefromwi 9 years ago

love is in the air for many birds, very nice Maria dB

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Thanks, Ashish and Satyen!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Lovely series...!!

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Amazing series!!

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Thanks, Misako, annorion and Karen. Spring is always an especially nice time to observe the birds!

KarenL 9 years ago

What a lovely series!

annorion 9 years ago

Wonderful series!

misako 9 years ago


Ceci 9 years ago

De nada. I like english

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

De nada, Ceci. Estoy contenta que te gustan los parajos! Thank you for writing in English.

Ceci 9 years ago

now I am ceci.Thank you for telling me that the male is feeding the female in an effort to get in her good graces.

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

I thought it was very sweet, too. The male is feeding the female in an effort to get in her good graces.

patty 9 years ago

is the child or the boyfriend? ceci the child of pattyc

Maria dB
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Maria dB

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

Spotted on May 1, 2012
Submitted on May 2, 2012

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