Another familiar songbird in Florida is the Northern Cardinal. They are here in my new neighborhood and in various spots throughout the entire community in this development. The Northern Cardinals love fruits, berries, seeds, nuts and a few insects. Mostly they eat plant seeds and fruits. They have a wedge-shaped beak that is powerful and allows the bird to crack open tougher seeds and nuts. There are Oaks and Magnolias here with tall older Pines.
The bright red male cardinals often like hiding in thick pine needles and bushy shrubbery. You can’t blame them, as their vivid red color makes them a bright target for hawks and other predators. The female is a medium-reddish brown colored bird with just a tinge of the bright orange in her beak. Both genders have a top-knot crest on their heads. They are excellent parents and the father does a lot of the rearing of the older juvenile cardinals. I took these pictures on several days in the last few weeks in my yard and in the greater community. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!