Sunday, July 13, 2008

North Carolina Symbols Part I

State Bird, Cardinal - The cardinal was selected as our state bird on March 4th 1943. The Cardinal is year –round resident of North Carolina it is one of the most common birds in our gardens, meadows and woodlands. Sometimes called winter bird because that it’s when it’s only red bird present and most noticeable.
The Northern Cardinal is a mid-sized songbird with a body length of 21-23 cm (8.3 to 9 inches) and a wingspan of 25-31 cm (10-12 in). It weighs about 45 g (1.6 ounces). The male is slightly larger than the female. Male Cardinal is red all over except his throat and area around his bill witch is black. The female is dull in color with some red mostly to the crest, wings and tail. Difference in color is very common with birds as female are the ones sitting on the eggs and they have to blend with the natural setting in order to protect their eggs. The Northern Cardinal is a territorial song bird. The male sings in a loud, clear whistle from the top of a tree or another high location to defend his territory. He will chase off other males entering his territory. The Northern Cardinal learns its songs, and as a result the songs vary regionally. It is able to easily distinguish the sex of another singing Northern Cardinal by its song alone. Mated pairs often travel together. The cardinals are fine singers, and witch is quite unusually in bird world females cardinals are singing just as fine as males. Both sexes sing a clear, whistled song patterns, which are repeated several times, then varied. Some common phrases are described as purdy, purdy, purdy...whoit, whoit, whoit, whoit and what-cheer, what-cheer... wheet, wheet, wheet, wheet'.
There are nesting on small trees and shrubs not higher then 4 feet and they feed mostly by seeds. Northern Cardinals also will consume insects and feed their young almost exclusively on insects.

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