Forest Animals

Class: Aves: Birds Diet: Seeds
Order: Passeriformes: Perching birds 
Size: body:20 - 23 cm (7 3/4 - 9 in)
Family: Cardinalinae: Cardinals and Grosbeaks Conservation Status: Non-threatened
Scientific Name: Cardinalis cardinalis Habitat: woodland edge, thickets, parks, gardens
Range: Canada: Southern Ontario; U.S.A.: Great Lakes and New England, south to Gulf Coast, Southern Texas and Arizona; Mexico, Guatemala

Size of CardinalThe male cardinal is an unmistakable, brilliant red bird, while the female is buffy-brown, with a reddish tinge on wings and crest and a red bill. Cardinals are strongly territorial and aggressive birds and have a rich and varied repertoire of songs; both sexes are heard singing at all times of year. They feed on the ground and in trees on seeds and berries and, in the breeding season, also take insects. The female builds the nest on a branch of a small tree or bush, usually among tangled foliage and vines. She incubates the 3 or 4 eggs for 12 or 13 days. Two or more broods may follow.

Range of Cardinal
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