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Northern Cardinal  - Cardinalis cardinalis

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

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.

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.

Northern Cardinal Male and Female in Winter

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Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Park Mont-Royal - December 17, 2017

NIKON D500; 150-600mm f/5-6.3; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/640; Aperture f7.1; Iso 2000;
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Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

park-maisonneuve - May 20, 2017

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

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Male

Park Mont-Royal - January 02, 2016

NIKON D7100; 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 400mm; Exposure 1/200; Aperture f6.0; Iso 800;
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Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Female

Park Mont-Royal - January 02, 2016

NIKON D7100; 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 400mm; Exposure 1/80; Aperture f6.0; Iso 800;
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Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Female

Park Mont-Royal - January 02, 2016

NIKON D7100; 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/160; Aperture f6.3; Iso 800;
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Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Male

Park Mont-Royal - January 02, 2016

NIKON D7100; 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/60; Aperture f6.3; Iso 800;
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