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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?