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Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
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Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

General Description: Northern Cardinals (Cardinalis cardinalis) are medium-sized, sexually dimorphic finches with a very large, orange bill. Males are bright red overall with a tall crest and a black face. The wings are somewhat darker than the rest of the body. Females are brown overall with a reddish crest and reddish in the wings and tail. On the bill, the distal portion of the "lip" line is straight (not hooked or notched; compare with Pyrrhuloxia).

Taxonomy: Passeriformes, Cardinalidae.

Favored Habitat: Forest edges and brushy habitats, including backyards.

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Where to Find: Don't look for Northern Cardinals around Las Vegas. Rather, look for them in southern Arizona, Mexico, and throughout the eastern U.S. from about central Texas eastward.

Comments:

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) Northern Cardinal; notice that the "lip" line points more-or-less straight out from the front of the face (compare with Pyrrhuloxia in which the "lip line" is angled downward). This distinction is useful for separating females of the two species.
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) If you were a tasty bug or a big seed, one of these might be the last face you ever see!
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
Northern Cardinal male
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Northern Cardinal female
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Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
Northern Cardinal male; Dunedin, Florida
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
Northern Cardinal male; Dunedin, Florida
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Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
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Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
Hybrid Northern Cardinal x Pyrrhuloxia
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
Hybrid Northern Cardinal x Pyrrhuloxia
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
Hybrid male Northern Cardinal x Pyrrhuloxia
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
Hybrid male Northern Cardinal x Pyrrhuloxia
Lilac-crowned Parrot (Amazona finschi)
Hybrid male Northern Cardinal x Pyrrhuloxia
Lilac-crowned Parrot (Amazona finschi)
Hybrid male Northern Cardinal x Pyrrhuloxia
Lilac-crowned Parrot (Amazona finschi)
Hybrid female Northern Cardinal x Pyrrhuloxia
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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