Sunday, May 1, 2011

Immature Northern Cardinal

Immature Male Transitional

Red feathers molting in give mottled appearance Immature males show variable amount of red, and may have bare patches.

The male Northern Cardinal is perhaps responsible for getting more people to open up a field guide than any other bird. They’re a perfect combination of familiarity, conspicuousness, and style: a shade of red you can’t take your eyes off. Even the brown females sport a sharp crest and warm red accents. Cardinals don’t migrate and they don’t molt into a dull plumage, so they’re still breathtaking in winter’s snowy backyards. In summer, their sweet whistles are one of the first sounds of the morning.



SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Soon all the birds will have their full breeding colors again

Marissa ♥ said...

There is a shy pair visiting my feeders daily, I can't seem to get a decent photo of them.

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Country Mouse Studio said...

Oh he's so cute like this :O)

Appalachian Lady said...

It's no wonder the Cardinal is the state bird for so many states. It's beautiful. And, for a long time, I thought those immature males were females that the male cardinal was feeding. Now, I know the male was feeding a sunflower seed to the young one--teaching them to come to the feeders for food!

steve & Roberta weathers said...

Love your Bluejay, I did a video of a baby robin being fed by mother but it didn't turn out.