January 22, 2018

Red Bird

Red Bird


The Red Bird or Northern Cardinal

The Northern Cardinal or Common Cardinal colloquially known as Red Bird is a North American bird.

It is a medium-sized, long-tailed songbird. The male species is fairly larger than the female one. The male also has red plumage while the female one has a soft brown plumage. Its body length varies from 21–23 cm (8.3–9.1 in).

The bird sports a conspicuous crest on the head and a mask on the face, which is black around the male red bill and gray around the female red bill. The male is a brilliant red, whereas the female is a pale olive brown with red on its wings and tail.

The northern cardinal loves to eat grains, but also feeds on insects and fruit. During courtship, the male feeds seed to the female beak-to-beak.  The male behaves marks out his territory with a song.  The female lays three to four eggs.

Colouring is very significant in the lives of male northern cardinals. A bright red male tends to be more successful than its dull-coloured counterparts. It has more reproductive success, better food supplies, and ability to feed more frequently.

The Northern Cardinal nestles down low in shrubs and trees or forage on or close to the ground, but it often is seen in pairs. It builds the nest in dense shrubs and vines.

Red birds do not migrate. In summer, their sweet voice is heard at morning. Below is a short video on the red bird or the Northern Cardinal.



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