This page was updated on January 17, 2008
Can You Guess It??
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DID YOU GUESS IT??
The Can You Guess It?? photo shown above is featured in the February 2008 Nebline Newsletter
ANSWER: A Male Cardinal
Cool Facts About Cardinals:
*The Northern Cardinal is the most popular state birds in the United States. Seven states record this bird as their state bird.
*Cardinals have benefitted from urban park-type habitats created by humans. Their population and range has increased over the past 200 years.
*The female Northern Cardinal sings, often from the nest. The song may give the male information about when to bring food to the nest. A mated pair shares song phrases, but the female may sing a longer and slightly more complex song than the male.
*The male cardinal fiercely defends its breeding territory. When a male sees its reflection in a window or other shiny surface, it will “fight” its own reflection.
*Male cardinals with the brightest red feathers are more successful. The brightly-colored males have better territories, feed at higher rates, and have more reproductive success than male cardinals with duller coloring.
- Learn how to attract cardinals to your backyard
- Cornell School of Ornithology
- Tips for Feeding Birds