Cardinals are one of the easiest birds to identify in North Carolina. Only male cardinals have all red feathers. Female cardinals have brown feathers with red accents, and a bright red crest on the top of their head.

Can you tell the difference between a male and female cardinal in the photos below?

Male cardinal on a branch
Male cardinal on a branch.
A female cardinal on a plank.

Fun Fact!

The northern cardinal is the official state bird of North Carolina!
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