Northern Cardinal, Identification, All About Birds - Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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The brilliant red of a male Northern Cardinal calls attention to itself when evils are around. You can also find cardinals by getting a sense of warmth, red-tinged brown of females - a pattern you can learn to identify in flight. Away from backyards, cardinals are still common but inconspicuous owing to their affinity for dense tangles. Listen to your piercing chip notes to find where they are hiding.

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Have you seen a cardinal bald? Northern Cardinal from Bent's Life Histories of North American Birds (1968)

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