Cardinal Animal Pictures

Cardinalis cardinalis, Piranga rubra, and others

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The pyrrhuloxia or desert cardinal (Cardinalis sinuatus) is a medium-sized North American song bird found in the American southwest and northern Mexico. This distinctive species with a short, stout bill, red crest and wings, closely resembles the northern and the vermilion cardinals which are in the same genus.

Birds that look like cardinals: Pyyrhuloxia Carpenter Photography

The desert cardinals is mostly gray with red markings, while the northern cardinal is mostly red with dark markings.

Northern Cardinal with hatchlings
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Northern Cardinal with hatchlings

Male and female Northern Cardinals
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Male and female Northern Cardinals

Northern cardinals are year-round residents of wherever they make their home.

Male Northern Cardinal in flight on a snowy day

northern cardinal in snowy flight

The cardinal is the state bird of North Carolina.