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Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis Camden State Park Minnesota May 18, 2016

Updated on May 20, 2016

Faith and I went for a hike at Camden State Park. We were searching for the Rose Breasted Grosbeak but we didn't find it this day. Instead we got some great video of this Northern Cardinal. I hope you enjoy the video and some information from the Sibley Bird Book below.

Northern Cardinal

Cardinalis cardinalis

These crested, long-tailed, stout-billed species have similar habits and voice, but differ in color and bill shape. When comparing with the Pyrrhuloxia (Cardinalis sinuatus). Both are found in brushy habitats with open areas, often in small groups.

Large, triangular bill always red or orange on adults.

Voice: Song is a series of high, clear, sharp, mostly slurred whistles woit woit woit chew chew chew chew chew or pichew pichew tiw tiw tiw tiw tiw tiw; many variations. Call is a high, hard tik; also a softer, rising twik.

Southwest populations of Northern Cardinal (mainly Arizona) have a larger bill with slightly decurved culmen and a longer and bushier crest than Eastern. Southwest males are paler overall with less black on the face, particularly across the forehead; females are more variable and more difficult to distinguish.




Works Cited

Sibley, D. A. The Sibley Guide to Birds. New York City: Chanticleer Press, Inc. (2000): 464.

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      Deb Hirt 12 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      This bird is the favorite of many!

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