The northern cardinal is so well loved that it has been named the official bird of no fewer than seven U.S. states. Bright red cardinals are easily identified by even casual bird watchers, and are often seen frequenting backyards and bird feeders. When foraging elsewhere the birds eat insects, seeds, grain, fruit, and sap.
Cardinals, also called "redbirds," do not migrate and have traditionally been more common in warmer climes such as the U.S. southeast. However, in recent decades they have expanded their common range north through the United States and even into Canada. This population growth may be due to an increase in winter birdfeeders and to the bird's ability to adapt to parks and suburban human habitats.
Only males sport the brilliant red plumage for which their species is known. The color is a key to mating success—the brighter the better. Females are an attractive tan/gray.
Cardinals are active songbirds and sing a variety of different melodies.
Males can be aggressive when defending their territory, and they frequently attack other males who intrude. This tendency sometimes leads cardinals to fly into glass windows, when they charge an "intruding bird" that is really their own reflection.
Cardinals are fairly social and join in flocks that may even include birds of other species. During mating season, however, groups dissolve into pairs. Male birds feed their monogamous partners as they incubate clutches of eggs—typically three per season.
This is superb. It's instantly recognizable, as are all your other birds, but this one stands out to me more; I'm not sure why, though. Anyway it's a really great MOC. I think the only part that I don't really like are the legs - I'm just not a fan of them. Maybe it's just me. 5/5 -LB Jr.
I.... I.... I think I might cry... Cardinals are my favorite birds. This is beautiful. The shaping is wonderful. I have recently seen a young male cardinal has inhabited my backyard with his mate. I have yet to find the nest, but I know it's there. I have spent many an hour watching him search the yard for whatever it is he feels the need to possess. This looks so much a kin to him it almost hurts. If I weren't searching on MOCpages I'd have sworn it was him! XD well done Tom! Very well done indeed. Another birdie to the ever growing list :D