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Northern Cardinal - Cardinalis cardinalis

In the winter, the most colorful bird that can be found in woods and forests around Montreal. Northern Cardinal usually appears as couple. If you spot a male the female is not for away.

Common Names

  • Northern Cardinal (en)
  • Cardenal norteño, Cardenal rojo (es)
  • Cardinal rouge (fr)
  • Rotkardinal, Rote Kardinal (de)

Taxonomy

  • Passeriformes
  • Cardinalidae
  • Cardinalis cardinalis

Videos Behavioral Traits

Where & When to Spot

There is no park where I haven’t seen Northern Cardinals. Early in the morning, the male exposes himself by sitting on branch and perform his chant. Due to its intensive red color easily to spot. The female may not be for away, somewhere hidden in the bushes at lower ground.

Observation Logs

On every park visit, we maintain a log of species spotted and identified. If you maintain a similar list, please consider sharing it with Muuuh Wildlife Photography: Share Logs.

LocationSpringSummerAutumnWinter
Park Angrignon, Montreal 6 2 0 1
Park Mont-Royal 1 0 1 2
Park Pointe aux Prairies 3 0 0 0
Rapids Park Lachine 1 1 0 0

Times a species has been spotted, identified and logged while visiting this park. A species is reported only once / park visit. Only parks listed which we visit frequently all year long. Consult the page animal tracking about how we log observations in field.

How to Identify

Both, male and female are easily identified. The male is completely red, the female brownish, light brown almost yellow on the breast, darker almost olive on the back and with partially red wings. Both have a black mask around the reddish beak.

Photos

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Park Mont-Royal - 2017-12-17

NIKON D500; 150-600mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/640; Aperture f7.1; Iso 2000;

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Montreal Botanical Garden - 2017-05-20

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 400mm; Exposure 1/640; Aperture f8.0; Iso 1400;

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Park Angrignon, Montreal - 2017-03-30

NIKON D500; 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6; Focal Length 300mm; Exposure 1/320; Aperture f5.6; Iso 140;

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Singing at Sunrise

Park Île-de-la-Visitation - 2016-03-21

NIKON D7100; 150-600mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f7.1; Iso 200;

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Male

Park Mont-Royal - 2016-01-02

NIKON D7100; 150-600mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 400mm; Exposure 1/200; Aperture f6.0; Iso 800;

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Female

Park Mont-Royal - 2016-01-02

NIKON D7100; 150-600mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 400mm; Exposure 1/80; Aperture f6.0; Iso 800;

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Female

Park Mont-Royal - 2016-01-02

NIKON D7100; 150-600mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/160; Aperture f6.3; Iso 800;

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Male

Park Mont-Royal - 2016-01-02

NIKON D7100; 150-600mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/60; Aperture f6.3; Iso 800;

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