Facts About Cardinal Birds

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Facts About Cardinal Birds


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Robust with strong bills and a crest, cardinal birds are found in North and South America. They are also called redbirds. They are non-migratory in nature, and you can lure one by building a bird house and topping it with plenty of sunflower and safflower seeds. They can also be fed with mealworms. When they are not sitting inside a bird house, they can be found nesting in bushy thickets and even in ornamental shrubs. They are very adaptable.

They build their nest with twigs, vines and leaves and the result is a bulky structure hidden in a shrub. They lay about 3- 4 eggs, which hatch after 12 days. After another 10-12 days, you can see the chicks flying from the nest. The young ones defecate after every feed, and become hungry very quickly. The parents clean the nest soon after and dispose the fecal sac somewhere far away. This is done to hide their location from predators. 

They like places where there is a lot of food, and it is believed that the female sings to male when she is hungry. The male can also sing, but the female has a more elaborate melody.

They can be from 12 cm to 25 cm in size, and can weigh 11.5 g to 85 g depending upon the variety. The orange-breasted bunting weighs around 11.5 g, and the black-headed saltator is about 25 cm long.  The male of the Richmondena cardinalis isvivid crimson with black face and throat, while the female of the species is brown with patches of red.

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