The northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) is a North American bird in the genus Cardinalis; it is also known colloquially as the redbird or common cardinal. It can be found in southern Canada, through the eastern United States from Maine to Texas and south through Mexico. It is found in woodlands, gardens, shrublands, and swamps.

The northern cardinal is a mid-sized songbird with a body length of 21–23 cm (8.3–9.1 in). It has a distinctive crest on the head and a mask on the face which is black in the male and gray in the female. The male is a vibrant red, while the female is a dull reddish olive. The northern cardinal is mainly granivorous, but also feeds on insects and fruit. The male behaves territorially, marking out his territory with song. During courtship, the male feeds seed to the female beak-to-beak. A clutch of three to four eggs is laid, and two to four clutches are produced each year. It was once prized as a pet, but its sale as a cage bird was banned in the United States by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.
Northern Cardinal
Date Location Count
2020-01-26 10:31Ashburn Lake1
2020-01-26 12:30Bles Park1
2020-01-24 09:30Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park7
2020-01-19 13:30Broadlands Wetlands Nature Preserve1
2020-01-26 09:03C&O Canal--Sycamore Landing4
2020-01-23 15:15Horsepen Run Trail3
2020-01-15 10:03Sycamore Landing Rd. fields6
2020-01-21 13:12Beaverdam Creek Reservoir1
2020-01-26 09:31Hughes Hollow - McKee Beshers WMA1
2020-01-26 09:52Hughes Rd. polo fields1
2020-01-26 13:30Dulles Airport--Pond6
2020-01-23 12:15Algonkian Regional Park4
2020-01-24 10:07Ball's Bluff Battlefield Regional Park4
2020-01-26 08:14Patton Turf Farm1
2020-01-24 07:45Algonkian Nature Preserve--Sanctuary Trail20
2020-01-26 09:00Olde Izaak Walton Park10
2020-01-21 13:53Runnymede Park1
2020-01-24 09:39C&O Canal--Riley's Lock3
2020-01-22 13:50Frying Pan Farm Park7
2020-01-21 11:49Morven Park6
2020-01-26 14:18Rust Nature Sanctuary4
2020-01-17 08:43Stratton Woods Park4
2020-01-15 14:00Seneca Regional Park2
2020-01-13 10:59Seneca Trailhead Park/Seneca Tract4
2020-01-20 10:10Middlesex Drive pond2
2020-01-26 08:17C&O Canal--Violette's Lock1
2020-01-23 13:04White's Ford Regional Park3
2020-01-24 16:12Lake Newport6
2020-01-25 10:39Rickman/Woodstock Equestrian Park5
2020-01-20 12:08C&O Canal--Blockhouse Point4
2020-01-25 07:20Blockhouse Point Conservation Park4
2020-01-23 14:30The Turner Farm/Observatory Park2
2020-01-26 13:40Sully Woodlands4
2020-01-20 12:30Lake Fairfax Park12
2020-01-23 14:00Little Difficult Run Stream Valley Park (Folkstone)1
2020-01-20 10:40JK Black Oak Wildlife Sanctuary (private)8
2020-01-25 14:56C&O Canal--Pennyfield Lock7
2020-01-24 06:12White Ground Road1
2020-01-26 11:04Cub Run Stream Valley Park (South)4
2020-01-26 06:20Hoyles Mill Conservation Park1
2020-01-26 09:51C&O Canal--Nolands Ferry1
2020-01-16 16:44Ox Hill Battlefield Park3
2020-01-25 14:39Black Hill RP--Little Seneca Lake, Rte.1212
2020-01-25 07:18Ed Sears Road7
2020-01-15 08:20Glenstone Museum (restricted access)5
2020-01-26 07:47Great Falls Park14
2020-01-25 08:57Greenfield Road10
2020-01-26 10:42Riverbend Park1
2020-01-25 15:37Black Hill Regional Park1
2020-01-25 11:41Black Hill RP--Ten Mile Creek area, trails and lake10
2020-01-26 07:07C&O Canal--Swains Lock2
2020-01-23 12:50C&O Canal--Great Falls1
2020-01-26 15:06Black Hill RP--Boat Ramp area2
2020-01-15 09:30Black Hill RP--Crystal Rock Trail4
2020-01-15 12:15Lake Churchill, Germantown1
2020-01-20 08:50Seneca Creek SP--Clopper Lake2
2020-01-23 12:49Darnestown Rd. ponds3
2020-01-25 14:02Gunners Lake1
2020-01-13 15:50Nottoway Park4