Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Cardinal Pair

As we flow in and out of cold and colder days of winter. I often wonder where the birds go that stay here.

These birds remind me of Christmas passing and Valentines day approaching. I enjoy bird watching all year long but especially in winter.

The Northern Cardinal is a North American bird in the genus Cardinals: it's also known as the redbird or common cardinal.  

It can be found in southern Canada, through the eastern U.S. from Maine to Texas and south through Mexico.

They're found in woodlands, gardens, shrub lands and swamps. It has a crest on the head and a mask on the face which is black on the males and grey on females.

The male is vibrant red and the female is a red-brown shade. They feed on insects and fruit. The male behaves territorially, marking out his territory with a song. During courtship, the male feeds seed to the female beak-to-beak...how sweet! Pairs mate for life, and they stay together year-round. Mated pairs sometimes sing together before nesting.

These birds were once prized as pets due to their bright colors and distinctive
song. This bird species receives special legal protection under the Migratory Bird  Treaty Act of 1918, which also banned their sale as cage birds.  

Are cardinals native to your region? 

Have you enjoyed seeing any this winter?

google image, wiki

3 comments:

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Hi, Bette -
Happy February! I hope you are doing well. There is a beautiful pair of cardinals in our garden. Not sure if we have more than a pair....assuming it is the same couple. And there are many, many robins. Both the cardinals and robins bring such vibrant colors to the winter landscape. I adore them all ~ xo, Loi

designchic said...

The cardinal is our NC's state bird and we are lucky enough to have sitings quite often...so beautiful!

helen tilston said...

Hello Bette

A very interesting post. I was unaware that cardinals mated for life. Love the thought of the male feeding the female bird seeds. On that lovely thought, I will say good night

Helenx