Blog Archive: Cardinals

Birdorable Red-crested Cardinal

2016 Bonanza Bird #9: Red-crested Cardinal

December 3rd, 2016 in Birdorable Bonanza 2016, Cardinals 5 comments
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?

Birdorable Northern Cardinal

Singing Pretty

November 22nd, 2010 in Cardinals 2 comments
Birdorable Northern Cardinal

In most North American songbirds, the males are the only ones putting on a vocal show. Males sing to attract mates and to establish territory. Female Northern Cardinals are exception to this rule. They are among the few female songbirds that sing, too. The "whisper song" in this audio clip features a pair of Northern Cardinals perched close together.

Next time you hear a Northern Cardinal singing - don't assume you're looking for a bright red male. It could be a female! To learn more about Northern Cardinals, visit Cornell's All About Birds.