Northern Cardinals


The Northern Cardinal is the most used species for the designated State Bird in seven of the U.S.’s fifty states.

Those seven states are:  Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia.


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Northern Cardinal (male)


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Northern Cardinal (female)


Contradictory to many other songbirds, Northern Cardinals are mostly a non-migratory species, opting to overwinter in their chosen spring/summer habitat.


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Northern Cardinal (male)


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Northern Cardinal (male)


36 thoughts on “Northern Cardinals

  1. I just love them. We always have several nesting pairs every year. They are adorable to watch. I love when a male gets on the peak of my next door neighbor’s house and calls for his mate. They are an absolute joy. I’ve watched parents chase after a fledgling all over the yard as it learns to fly. So cute….

      • They certainly stick around here, snow or not. As a kid, I also remember seeing the Robins, even when it snowed. I don’t see many Robins anymore. I saw three of them a few days ago and was shocked. They were everywhere, all the time, when I was a kid.

        • Thanks Vic! Seems like I remember robins more as a kid too. If you just saw Robins, keep watching for them. They don’t migrate, just move in flocks to other areas usually not too to far away from their nesting area, where seed and berries are located during the winter. I just recently saw a flock of Robins, it was a nice sighting!

          • I hope I see some more.

            With Eastern Bluebirds, it’s the opposite. I don’t recall ever seeing Bluebirds as a kid but, I see them all the time, now. There are Bluebird houses all over town and I see them all the time around the house. Saw three of them, recently, eating berries out of our little Dogwood. Cute, pretty little things…

    • Thank you, Deborah! Years back I had always thought the cardinal lived throughout the entire U.S. but now know it’s only in 2/3’s approx. Some day I hope you get to see one, they are really a delight. One of my top five bird favorites. 🙂

  2. Lovely! They do have a way of ‘popping out’ from the green of the trees, and then in the winter, from the white of the snow covered branches.

    • Thank you, Susan! They do make me laugh, I watch them hide behind leaves, etc. As long as their eye-to-eye contact with you is hidden, they think they are hiding. Yet that big ole red body is sticking right out. I have a ton of headless cardinal shots! 😅

  3. Both northern cardinal male and female visit our balcony almost daily for their feed. We never knew the difference between them. Thanks for the info 😎 Beautiful shots

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