How to Attract Northern Cardinal
BE AWARE THAT HABITAT TYPE MORE THAN ANY OTHER FACTOR, WILL IN MOST CASES, DICTATE THE SPECIES OF BIRD THAT VISIT YOUR PROPERTY.
Description: The All-American backyard favorite, the Northern Cardinal is one of the easier birds to attract to your yard (if it’s not there already). This classic bird favors black-oil sunflower seed and will become a consistent visitor as long as there is a consistent supply of it. Cardinals also eat a lot wild fruits and insects, so berry producing plants and the promotion an insect friendly yard will increase your chances of attraction. Cardinals usually nest in dense shrubs or thickets around the edges of open land – so leaving these areas in your yard to grow is advisable if you want to attract a breeding pair. Cardinals are very frequent users of birdbaths.
Male: deep red overall, black face, red beak
Female: grayish-red overall, black face, red beak
Dense shrubbery in:
Wetlands - especially swamp habitat
Seeds, insects, fruit
Will eat from bird feeders – favors Black Oil Sunflower Seed
Deciduous or evergreen shrubs, thickets, vines, and small trees
Top Ways to Attract Northern Cardinal
Trees & Shrubs that Attract Northern Cardinal
American Elderberry (Fruit) American Holly (Fruit, Nesting) Arrowwood (Fruit) Ash (Seed) Birch (Seeds) Common Juniper (Fruit) Crabapple (Fruit) Eastern Red Cedar (Fruit, Nesting) Eastern White Pine (Seeds, Nesting) Flowering Dogwood (Fruit) Hawthorn (Fruit, Nesting) Hickory (Nut) Hornbeam (Nesting) Maple (Sap) Northern Hackberry (Fruit) Red Mulberry (Fruit) Red-Twig Dogwood (Fruit) Serviceberry (Fruit) Sumac (Fruit) Tulip-Poplar (Seeds) Wild Cherry (Fruit)