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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 8 years ago

Impressive !!

ceejayalyssa 8 years ago

spectacular! great shot

KarenL 10 years ago

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

PeterChereshnoski 10 years ago

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

SusanEllison 10 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 10 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 10 years ago

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

KarenP 10 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 10 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 10 years ago

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

SusanEllison 10 years ago

Thanks everyone for the compliments

SusanEllison 10 years ago
This is the spotting of the female and you can see the difference in colors.

The MnMs
The MnMs 10 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 10 years ago

amazing shot. so much action held in suspense

TAZfromTX 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 years ago


Saarbrigger 10 years ago

Nice impressions. Great.

Hema 10 years ago


SusanEllison 10 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 10 years ago

thanks Heather for the scientific ID and thanks all

ToriSchulte 10 years ago

Great picture!

SusanEllison 10 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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