Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

In the winter, the most colorful 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 and 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 branch and perform 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.

Photography

Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Park Mont Royal

    Sunday, December 17, 2017

    NIKON D500
    150-600mm f/5-6.3

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/640s
    Aperture f7.1
    ISO 2000

  • Parc Maisonneuve

    Saturday, May 20, 2017

    NIKON D500
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 400mm
    Shutter Speed 1/640s
    Aperture f8.0
    ISO 1400

  • Parc Angrignon

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

    NIKON D500
    70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6

    Focal Length 300mm
    Shutter Speed 1/320s
    Aperture f5.6
    ISO 140

  • Parc Île de la Visitation

    Monday, March 21, 2016

    NIKON D7100
    150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1250s
    Aperture f7.1
    ISO 200

  • Park Mont Royal

    Saturday, January 2, 2016

    NIKON D7100
    150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3

    Focal Length 400mm
    Shutter Speed 1/200s
    Aperture f6.0
    ISO 800

  • Park Mont Royal

    Saturday, January 2, 2016

    NIKON D7100
    150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3

    Focal Length 400mm
    Shutter Speed 1/80s
    Aperture f6.0
    ISO 800

  • Park Mont Royal

    Saturday, January 2, 2016

    NIKON D7100
    150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/160s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 800

  • Park Mont Royal

    Saturday, January 2, 2016

    NIKON D7100
    150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/60s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 800

Videography

Videos are published in Fauna Flora's YouTube channel.