Fun Fact June 24, 2020.
24 June 2020
Bright red and flashy and hanging out in your backyard. The male Northern Cardinal is may be responsible for getting more people to open up a bird field guide than any other bird. They’re a combination of familiarity, conspicuousness, and style: a shade of red you can’t take your eyes off. Even the brown females have a sharp crest and warm red accents. Cardinals don’t migrate and they don’t molt into a dull plumage, so they’re still breathtaking in winter’s snowy backyards. In summer, their sweet whistles are one of the first sounds of the morning. Not many female song birds actually sing, but the Cardinal is one that does, perhaps communicating to her mate where to bring the food. The male Northern Cardinal is a favorite, no doubt, since seven states have named him their state bird. Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia all picked it as their favorite species.