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Birds - Northern Cardinal
Class:Aves Order:Passeriformes Family:Cardinalidae


Northern Cardinal, Colinus virginianus. Also called the Redbird or the Common Cardinal, the cardinal male is the most gorgeous red. Females are still red, but more muted. They are very common across the eastern half of the US (including Kansas and Missouri). They have a varied diet, but focus on seeds, grains and fruit. Interesting cardinal fact - cardinals mate for life and males may feed females in courtship! The Northern Cardinal's song is brilliant, but they have the worst. Chirp. Ever. That aside, Cardinals are swell to have around, especially in the Winter when their bright coats offer some refreshing relief to the drab landscape. In the mornings they are the first to the birdfeeders, just before the sun rises, and the last to leave at dusk.

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