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Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis

Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis

Aves > Passeriformes > Cardinalidae

Names in different Languages

GermanRotkardinal, Rote Kardinal
EnglishNorthern Cardinal
FrenchCardinal rouge
SpanishCardenal norteño, Cardenal rojo

Description

In the winter, the most colourful bird that can be found in woods and forests around Montreal. Northern Cardinal usually appears as couple. If you spot a male the female is not for away.

How to Identify

Both, male and female are easily identified. The male is completely red, the female brownish, light brown almost yellow on the breast, darker almost olive on the back and with partially red wings. Both have a black mask around the reddish beak.

Where When to Spot

There is no park where I haven’t seen Northern Cardinals. Early in the morning, the male exposes himself by sitting on a branch performing his chant. Due to its intensive red color easily to spot. The female may not be for away, somewhere hidden in the bushes at lower ground.

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2022-10-16Parc Bernard-Landry
2022-09-05Jardin Botanique de Montréal
2022-07-30Parc de la Frayère
2022-06-04Jardin Botanique de Montréal
2022-05-25Parc Bernard-Landry
2022-05-01Parc Nature Pointe aux Prairies
2022-04-22Parc Bernard-Landry
2022-04-15Parc Nature Pointe aux Prairies
2022-04-10Parc Angrignon
2021-05-19Parc Angrignon