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"Back Cover" for the February 2000 Missouri Conservationist. More

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A male northern cardinal perches in a ninebark shrub as it soaks up the warming rays of the morning sun. More

Northern Cardinal

Photo of male northern cardinal
Cardinalis cardinalis
At one time, Missouri had two professional sports teams named after this bird, and it’s no wonder the northern cardinal is so popular: it’s a striking red bird with a dashing crest and a natty black mask—and it’s an excellent singer, too! More

Northern Cardinal (Female)

Photo of female northern cardinal
Female cardinals are buffy tan below and grayish brown above. Otherwise, they are similar to males, with reddish tinges in wings, tail, and crest. More

Northern Cardinal (Male)

Photo of male northern cardinal
The male cardinal is a striking red bird with a dashing crest and a natty black mask—and it’s an excellent singer, too. The songs are clear, up- or down-slurred whistles. The call is a sharp “chip.” More

Northern Cardinal Molting

Photo of molting, bald-headed male northern cardinal
Sometimes people see bald-headed cardinals—cardinals without feathers on their heads. This condition usually is reported in summer and fall, when cardinals are molting, and new feathers usually grow in soon after. More

Once Upon A Mid-Day Dreary...

For Missourians, that rapping in the spring is more likely to be produced by a male cardinal. More
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