What does a cardinal look like?

The northern cardinal has a wingspan of 10 to 12 inches (25 to 30 cm).

The male is easy to spot because he is bright red and has a black face. The female cardinal has light brown feathers. They both have short beaks and pointy crests atop their heads.

Where do cardinals live?

Northern cardinals are mostly found in the eastern, central, and southern United States.

You can find cardinals in your backyard or at your local park.

Cardinals also live on the edge of forests. They like to build nests in shrubs and trees.

What do cardinals eat?

Cardinals are not picky eaters. They eat seeds, insects, flowers, berries, and grass.

They can be spotted eating sunflower seeds out of backyard bird feeders, too!

Fun facts about cardinals

The Northern cardinal is the state bird of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Cardinals are songbirds. Some people think the cardinal sounds like it's singing, “birdie, birdie, birdie!”
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"Cardinals." Report Builder, Gareth Stevens Publishing, garethreportbuilder.com/article/243/cardinals. Accessed 19 Oct, 2018.