Male Northern Cardinal

South Miami, Florida

Male Cardinal

This male Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) was found in our Jatropha tree. Nancy took the shot while standing in our kitchen. The image was introduced in our blog post Our New Cardinal Image.

Cardinals are among the most common bird species in North America. They can be found in dense shrubby areas throughout the eastern half of the United States and Mexico, and even beyond. They have been expanding their range north since the mid-nineteenth century. Cardinals do not migrate. They are the official state bird of seven states (more than any other bird).

They are a mid-sized, long-tailed songbird with a short, thick, conical bill and a prominent crest. They average 8¾" long and about 1.6 ounces, with a wingspan of almost twelve inches. Females are slightly smaller than males. Females are grayish tan with red on wings, tail, and crest. Unlike most songbirds, the females also sing. These birds are omnivorous, eating mostly seeds (at feeders, they prefer sunflower seeds) and fruit. They supplement this diet with insects, which is mostly what they feed their young.

The male will bring nest materials, but the female builds the nest. She alone incubates the eggs for up to 13 days. Nests are commonly parasitized by cowbirds; egg removal by female cowbirds may have a bigger impact than the competition from cowbird nestlings. The young stay in the nest for about ten days, but only about one in three nests produces fledgling cardinals. The pair usually has two broods a year, but can have as many as four. Only about two-thirds of the cardinals keep the same mate the following year.

Photographic details: Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera w/ EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens set at 271mm. Flash was not used. At ISO 3200, camera was set on auto, resulting in an aperture of f/8 for 1/160 second.

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Print details: maximum size Medium Printed Estimated
  Fine Art Paper 15" x 11" 19" x 14"
  Canvas N/A" 28" x 21"

Currently In Stock

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Print Number   Description Price (includes sales tax & shipping)  
#1 matted Cardinal 1 matted 15"x11" print, black mat (outside 20"x16") $92