There are seven photos on this page:
1. Northern Cardinal, early nestling
2. Northern Cardinal, mid-nestling
3. Northern Cardinal, late nestling
4. Northern Cardinal, fledgling
5. Northern Cardinal, older fledgling,
recovered from a cat attack
6. Juvenile Northern Cardinal,
completely recovered from cat attack,
just before release
are favorites at backyard bird feeders. Shy and skittish as adults,
young Northern Cardinals are actually rather calm and slow moving
compared to other nestling songbirds. Cardinals are members of
the Finch family and have large beaks for shelling seeds, a staple
of their adult diet. Young Cardinals have gray beaks that turn
red as they mature.
Female Cardinals usually build the cup shaped nest in dense
thickets, and the young are fed many insects. Adult males are
territorial in breeding season, and will attack their reflection
in windows (see Myths
& Misconceptions for more information about this phenomenon
and what to do about it).
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