Birdorable Red-crested Cardinal

Today's new bird, the 9th in our special 10th anniversary Birdorable Bonanza, is a bird found in South America as well as Hawaii and Puerto Rico: the Red-crested Cardinal!

Red-crested Cardinals are pretty birds native to south-central parts of South America. Because of their beauty, Red-crested Cardinals have been kept as pet birds and escaped birds have created wild populations elsewhere in the world, including Hawaii (primarily Oahu), Puerto Rico, Tawain, and Japan.

Red-crested Cardinals are named for their striking red crested heads. The red feathers extend down the front bib of the bird. The underparts are white and the upperparts are dark grey.

Red-crested Cardinal Photo
Photo by Murray Foubister (CC BY-SA 2.0)



Tomorrow's new bird will be our last new species in this year's Birdorable Bonanza! The purple species has big feet that it uses to walk across floating vegetation -- can you guess the bird?

Back in the spring we were asked by an artist for permission to use a few of our Birdorable images in a client project. We happily obliged!

Quilting-Mural-Making Mom Me artist Jennilyn was inspired by our Northern Cardinal, Common Raven, and Baltimore Oriole and included them in a custom bedroom wall painting. We think it looks great!

Birdorable Northern Cardinal male and female on bird bath

In the melodious world of North American songbirds, the stage is often dominated by males, their vibrant songs ringing through the air to woo potential mates and declare their dominion. However, nestled within this chorus is a voice that defies the conventional roles assigned by nature—the female Northern Cardinal. This striking bird, with her subtle beauty and remarkable vocal abilities, stands out as an exceptional exception to the rule.

Unlike the majority of female songbirds, who typically remain silent, the female Northern Cardinal shares the stage with her male counterpart, contributing her own songs to the soundscape. This rare behavior is not just a mere chirp or call but a complex song that serves similar purposes: attracting mates and asserting territory. Among the most captivating performances is the "whisper song," a tender duet sung by a pair of Northern Cardinals perched closely together, an intimate moment of avian communication that captivates the lucky listener. The "whisper song" in this audio clip features a pair of Northern Cardinals perched close together.

The female Northern Cardinal doesn't just echo the melodies of her male partner; she brings her own repertoire to the ensemble, showcasing a range of vocalizations that challenge our understanding of songbird behavior. Her voice adds depth to the dawn chorus, enriching the biodiversity soundtrack of our backyards and woodlands.

Next time the sweet serenade of a Northern Cardinal graces your ears, remember that the singer might not be the flamboyant, fiery red male often depicted in birdwatching guides and folklore. Instead, it could very well be the female, her muted tones of brown and red blending into the foliage, as she proudly proclaims her presence through song.

For those intrigued by the captivating world of the Northern Cardinal and eager to dive deeper into their study, Cornell's All About Birds provides an extensive resource. This platform offers insights into not only the Northern Cardinal but also the vast array of avian species that decorate our skies, each with their own stories, songs, and secrets waiting to be uncovered.

The female Northern Cardinal reminds us of the complexity and diversity of nature, urging us to listen more closely and appreciate the nuanced performances that unfold in the world around us.

This Birdorable American flag is made of Blue Jays, Northern Cardinals and White Doves. A great design for patriotic birdwatchers and bird lovers across America. The design is shown here on a Ladies Fitted Long Sleeve t-shirt.

Birdorable U.S. Flag

This week's featured t-shirt is this design featuring our Birdorable Cardinal thinking "One day I'm going to be the Pope!". This is a funny design for birdwatchers, backyard birders and cardinal lovers. Cardinal is just one step away from Pope, after all.

Birdorable Cardinal wants to be the Pope

This week's featured t-shirt is our brand-new embroidered Birdorable Cardinal on this Ladies Polo Shirt. We're proud to announce our first Birdorable bird presented in beautiful embroidery! The stitched Northern Cardinal is also available on jackets & hats. You can even customize the design and add your own embroidered text! How cool is that?

Embroidered Birdorable Cardinal