BE AWARE THAT HABITAT TYPE MORE THAN ANY OTHER FACTOR, WILL IN MOST CASES, DICTATE THE SPECIES OF BIRD THAT VISIT YOUR PROPERTY.

How to Attract Northern Cardinal

The All-American backyard favorite, the Northern Cardinal is one of the easier birds to attract to your yard (if it‚Äôs 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 ‚Äď 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.

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Northern Cardinal Information

Northern Cardinal Identification:

  • Medium-sized bird
  • Male: deep red overall, black face, red beak
  • Female: grayish-red overall, black face, red beak

Northern Cardinal Habitat:

  • Dense shrubbery in:
  • Backyards
  • Forest Edge
  • Open Woodland
  • Wetlands - especially swamp habitat

Northern Cardinal Eating Habits:

  • Seeds, insects, fruit
  • Will eat from bird feeders ‚Äď favors Black Oil Sunflower Seed

Northern Cardinal Nesting:

  • Deciduous or evergreen shrubs, thickets, vines, and small trees
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