The Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) is a very recognizable red bird prominent in the eastern part of the United States. It also has an extremely boring scientific name. What’s up with that?
The male Northern Cardinal sports the red color most people associate with the species, while the female is more of a brown shade.
It’s a backyard bird for certain, so you may catch a glimpse of the Northern Cardinal at feeders or tress in suburban areas. I haven’t seen many cardinal species during my trail walks, but I wouldn’t rule out running across one. The photo above was taken just outside my front door.