Meadow Mueller 07/2003 - 04/2015

Meadow Mueller 07/2003 - 04/2015

January 29, 2009

bits about my favorite bird visitor

I've always been more fond of Northern Cardinals than any other bird for as long as I can remember.

When the first feeder was put up in my backyard 4+ years ago... the first birds to arrive were a pair of Cardinals. I totally freaked out!

Today I am just posting some bits and pieces about these beautiful birds...

The brilliantly colored Northern Cardinal has the record for popularity as a state bird: in the United States, it holds that title in seven states. This common bird is a winter fixture at snow-covered bird feeders throughout the Northeast, but it only spread to New York and New England in the mid-20th century.

Population density and range increased over the last 200 years, largely as a response to habitat changes made by people. The cardinal benefits from park-like urban habitats and the presence of bird feeders. However, it is listed as a species of special concern in California and may disappear there because of habitat loss.

Other Names

Cardinal rouge (French)
Cardenal rojo, Cardenal norteño, Cardenal común (Spanish)

Cool Facts

  • 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 from other males. When a male sees its reflection in glass surfaces, it frequently will spend hours fighting the imaginary intruder.
  • Brighter red males hold territories with denser vegetation, feed at higher rates, and have greater reproductive success than duller males.


Teena in Toronto said...

Wow! Look at the red on that cardinal!!

Because of your love of animals, you should check out this meme on Saturdays:

Angie in TO said...

I wish I still had the phone message you left me the first time the cardinals came to the yard. You don't get excited about much, but you were excited that day, and I loved it.