Female Cardinal V
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Photo of female cardinal in snow in Tulsa, Oklahoma in winter.
Textures courtesy of FAA Artist, Pamela Phelps.
Two textures applied to original photo.
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.The northern cardinal is so well loved that it has been named the official bird of no fewer than seven U.S. states. 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.
Cardinals are active songbirds and sing a variety of different melodies. 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.
March 4th, 2014
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