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Northern Cardinal

Cardinalis cardinalis

Northern Cardinal
Length: 9 in. (22 cm)
This beautiful bird is a common garden species in the east but almost completely restricted to desert scrub and riparian areas in the west. Its huge bill is used to crack seeds and catch insects. The nest is small, placed in a low bush or shrubbery, and loosely constructed of stems, twigs and leaves. Both the male and female sing. In the winter Cardinals often form small family flocks. The four-digit banding code is NOCA.
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Male
copyright CJ Kazilek

Desert
Desert

Riparian / River forest
Riparian / River forest

Shrubs
Shrubs

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Male
Twittering (sound type)
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