Cardinal

FACTS ABOUT CARDINAL

How Cardinals got there name.

Cardinal is a vivid red, which gets its name from the cassocks worn by cardinals. The family of birds takes its name from the color.From this, it looks like the color cardinal gets its name from the Catholic clergy, but that the birds are named for the color rather than the Catholic cardinals directly. Indirectly, though, it looks like the Catholic cardinals came first.

Where Cardinals originally from.

The northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) is a North American bird in the genus Cardinalis; it is also known colloquially as the redbird or common cardinal. It can be found in southern Canada, through the eastern United States from Maine to Texas and south through Mexico.

Random things about a Cardinal

The northern cardinal is so well loved that it has been named the official bird of no fewer than seven U.S. states. Bright red cardinals are easily identified by even casual bird watchers, and are often seen frequenting backyards and bird feeders. When foraging elsewhere the birds eat insects, seeds, grain, fruit, and sap.

Cardinals, also called "redbirds," do not migrate and have traditionally been more common in warmer climes such as the U.S. southeast. However, in recent decades they have expanded their common range north through the United States and even into Canada. This population growth may be due to an increase in winter bird feeders and to the bird's ability to adapt to parks and suburban human habitats.

Only males sport the brilliant red plumage for which their species is known. The color is a key to mating success—the brighter the better. Females are an attractive tan/gray.

Cardinals are active songbirds and sing a variety of different melodies.

Males can be aggressive when defending their territory, and they frequently attack other males who intrude. This tendency sometimes leads cardinals to fly into glass windows, when they charge an "intruding bird" that is really their own reflection.

Cardinals are fairly social and join in flocks that may even include birds of other species. During mating season, however, groups dissolve into pairs. Male birds feed their monogamous partners as they incubate clutches of eggs—typically

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My Scientific Classification

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Cardinalis cardinalis

DOMAIN: Eukaryota

KINGDOM:Animals

PHYLUM: Chordata; subphylum Vertebrata

CLASS: Aves

ORDER: Passiformes

FAMILY: Cardinalidae

GENUS: Cardinalis

SPECIES: cardinalis