Sunday, November 2, 2014

Female Flair...

The female Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) rarely gets the spotlight in media. The adult male is a brilliant crimson red color, whereas the female has mostly grayish-brown tones and a slight reddish tint on the wings, the crest, and the tail feathers. Both sexes possess prominent raised crests and bright coral-colored beaks. The iris of the eye is brown.
The Northern Cardinal is the state bird of seven states, more than any other species.

Location: central Arkansas. Jan/2014.
Photo # KS4_4120c2.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.