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Red bird, common cardinal, or simply cardinal are all names commonly used to refer to the Northern Cardinal. Whatever you call them, this native bird is one that most everyone recognizes, especially the bright red males! The brown females have some reddish coloring around the wings, tails, and crest. Other tell-tale characteristics for both males & females are their black faces and red-orange beaks.
Woodlands and open plains both satisfy the Cardinals preference for mixed habitats. They nest in dense vines and shrubs. A Cardinal's diet is varied by the season and includes insects, seeds, and berries.
Designated as the state bird of Ohio by the general assembly in 1933, cardinals have populated Ohio since the 1800’s. Look for them in both urban and rural settings all over the state.
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