The cardinal was named West Virginia's official bird on March 7, 1949, by a vote of public school students and civic organizations.
Male northern cardinals are various shades of red and have a black mask from the eyes to the throat. Females are brown, with touches of red. The cardinal's song is given by both the males and the females. In most northern songbirds, only the male sings. Cardinal nests are bulky masses of twigs and strips of bark, lined with grasses.For more information on the cardinal, select a link below:
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Encyclopedia article provided by MSN™ and Microsoft Encarta® Encyclopedia. © 1997-1999 Microsoft Corporation. All Rights Reserved. http://encarta.msn.com/index/conciseindex/08/00844000.htm
GeoZoo site. Contains information regarding the bird's description, actions, home, diet and family life. http://www.geobop.com/Birds/Passeriformes/Cardinalidae/Cardinalis_cardinalis/
Chipper Woods Bird Observatory site which contains general information on the cardinal, as well as, nesting behavior, bonding recoveries, and conservation status. http://www.wbu.com/chipperwoods/photos/ncard.htm
Science News On Line site featuring an article on how you can distinguish a male cardinal's song from the female's song. http://www.sciencenews.org/sn_arc98/8_29_98/fob6.htm
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