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Male Cardinal feeding newly hatched chick. I observed that the Male often took his turn feeding the baby birds while the female got a short break form the nest. Cardinals are medium-sized redbirds characterized by a unique crest, a black mask on the face and a short cone-shaped bill. They are known for their vivid red color, however only the male presents itself in the bright colors. The female has grayish shades through her body with duller red wings and tail. Young cardinals are similar to females but rather then orangey or reddish bills they have black or grey ones.  Birds,Cardinalis cardinalis,Nesting,Northern Cardinal,cardinal Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Male Cardinal feeding newly hatched chick.

I observed that the Male often took his turn feeding the baby birds while the female got a short break form the nest. Cardinals are medium-sized redbirds characterized by a unique crest, a black mask on the face and a short cone-shaped bill. They are known for their vivid red color, however only the male presents itself in the bright colors. The female has grayish shades through her body with duller red wings and tail. Young cardinals are similar to females but rather then orangey or reddish bills they have black or grey ones.

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  1. That's quite a closeup! Is that a spider in the youngster's beak? Posted 6 years ago
    1. Yes it is a spider. I witnessed many different kinds of food being fed to the baby by adult birds. This was my favorite. I left my camera set up by the nest and took a photo every 5 seconds for two weeks. This is how I got such candid close ups. Posted 6 years ago
      1. 2 weeks!? Did you create a time lapse from it? Would definitely be interested in that. Posted 6 years ago
        1. No I did not. Actually deleted thousands that were very similar. Posted 6 years ago

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The Northern Cardinal is a North American bird in the genus ''Cardinalis''; it is also known colloquially as the redbird or common cardinal. It can be found in southern Canada, through the eastern United States from Maine to Texas and south through Mexico. It is found in woodlands, gardens, shrublands, and swamps.

Similar species: Passerines
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Uploaded Jul 7, 2016. Captured May 27, 2014 17:06.
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • f/11.0
  • 1/160s
  • ISO400
  • 50mm