Northern Cardinal Courting

December 21, 2012 by  

Northern Cardinal Courting, Northern Cardinal adult male has red plumage, and black mask on face, forehead, eyes, chin and throat.
Female is buff brown or olive, tinged with red on wings, crest and tail. She has not black mask, but the same parts of her face may be dark.

Male and female have cone-shaped reddish bill. Tail is long. A distinctive crest of feathers on the top of their head gives them some elegance. Male is larger than female. Legs and feet are dark red.
Juvenile resembles female, but it has grey black bill. Juvenile female lacks red tones.

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