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Red Cardinal

Red Cardinal

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Scientific Name:

Cardinalis cardinalis


Belize, Bermuda, Canada, Guatemala, Mexico, United States.


Mainly herbivore. Seeds, fruit, insects (beetles, grasshoppers, butterflies, flies etc) occasionally slugs and snails.


Habitat: Bush land with small trees, forest edge, abandoned farmland, suburban gardens.

Incubation: 11-13 days / 1-5 eggs

Social structure: Single, in pairs or small loose flocks

Weight: 52g max

Dimensions: male 23.5cm max, female 21.6cm max  

Lifespan:  15

Estimated population in the wild: Stable

Threats: There are no major threats to this species.

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Did you know that:

  1. Young are fed almost exclusively with animal matter.
  2.  A substantial proportion of their diet comes from artificial feeding stations, doubtless explaining the high population densities in suburbs.
  3. They sometimes raise the chicks of brown-headed cowbirds that parasitize their nests.

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