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Northern Cardinal, female, Cardinalis cardinalis,  Ink, acrylic on clayboard
Northern Cardinal, female, Cardinalis cardinalis,  Ink, acrylic on clayboard

Northern Cardinal, female, Cardinalis cardinalis, Ink, acrylic on clayboard

14 x 18"

The Northern Cardinal is a very popular bird found mostly in the east and is the state bird of at least seven states.  It has been extending its range northward and the beautiful red color is now found in the winter white of snow.  Usually there are four or five eggs to the nest of pale blue with brown splotches and the female takes care of incubation for twelve to fourteen days.  Both parents feed the hatchlings mostly insects of grasshoppers, grubs, etc. until they leave the nest about sixteen to twenty days after hatching.  They nest usually in small colonies of ten to thirty pair.