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male northern cardinal



watch the sequence of shots showing how a male cardinal come in for berries. These are robust, seed-eating birds with strong bills. The family ranges in size from the 12-cm, 11.5-gram Orange-breasted Bunting to the 25-cm, 85-gram Black-headed Saltator. They are typically associated with open woodland. The sexes usually have distinctive appearances; the family is named for the red plumage (colored cardinal like the color of a Catholic cardinal's vestments) of males of the type species, the Northern Cardinal.


The Cardinals or Cardinalidae are a family of passerine birds found in North and South America.


Family: Cardinalidae

1 Species ID Suggestions

Northern Cardinal (Male)
Cardinalis cardinalis Cardinal (bird)

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26 Comments (1–25)

rams4d 7 years ago

Impressive !!

ceejayalyssa 7 years ago

spectacular! great shot

KarenL 9 years ago

Great shots! You should add to the 'Color Red' mission too!

PeterChereshnoski 9 years ago

Awesome pictures! I never made the connection to the cardinals of the Catholic church!

SusanEllison 9 years ago

i think there is a hick up in the system...I corrected the mission (there were two put in mistakenly) to one or none but it still show the original wrong version...this is a notification.

SusanEllison 9 years ago

thanks so much everyone...hope you enjoyed the series as much as I do. @ Heather: yes, having a backyard habitat does help me gets some good spotting.

HeatherMiller 9 years ago

The blueberry feeder platform gives a great opportunity. I just love the action in this series.

KarenP 9 years ago

LOL, I have found the same thing, choosing two missions when I only wanted one. I'm sure I've a few birds showing up as mushrooms Love this photo.

SusanEllison 9 years ago

I did not realize that I have chosen two is only suppose to be one. I corrected it and hopefully it does not happen again... good catch on your part.

birdlady6000 9 years ago

Great photos by why have you put them under the Flowers Mission too?

SusanEllison 9 years ago

Thanks everyone for the compliments

SusanEllison 9 years ago
This is the spotting of the female and you can see the difference in colors.

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Very nice series, Susan!
I think the female of the cardinal is more orange and the male more red, for what I remember from seeing them in the gardens while I lived in MA, US.

Wes Masters
Wes Masters 9 years ago

amazing shot. so much action held in suspense

TAZfromTX 9 years ago

I love cardinals! We have a park here in College Station inside a wildlife preserve that I go walking in several times a week with my dog, and it is full of cardinals :)

SusanEllison 9 years ago

Steve...I did not know if there are orange cardinals but this is red and so i color corrected to reflect the red so I hope that is better represented. sorry about the exposure

envisionarySteve 9 years ago

Very nice spotting, Susan, and great sequence, too. I didn't realize some Cardinals could have such an Orange coloring ... I commonly see darker or Red. Nice work!

p.young713 9 years ago


Saarbrigger 9 years ago

Nice impressions. Great.

Hema 9 years ago


SusanEllison 9 years ago

Raavendra...I am so pleased to be able to fill your heart with just made my day too. HAPPINESS ALL AROUND!!

"You catch a great series of happiness.This filled my heart with delight. "

SusanEllison 9 years ago

thanks Heather for the scientific ID and thanks all

ToriSchulte 9 years ago

Great picture!

SusanEllison 9 years ago

thanks John

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Houston, Texas, USA

Spotted on Jun 26, 2011
Submitted on Jun 26, 2011

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