Birding Cardinal in snow

Published on December 7th, 2013 | by Backyards Made Better

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Backyard Birds – The Cardinal



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.

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