Highly visible and happy to pose for his portrait, the cardinal is a year-round resident of northeast Ohio and can live up to 15 years in the wild. It is the state bird of Ohio and six other states, including Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina. This makes him a record holder among state birds. A group of cardinals may be called by many different terms, including college and deck, but the name that surprises me is “Vatican of cardinals.” Maybe that makes this a good day to post his royal picture, since today is Easter Sunday???
The female cardinal doesn’t wear red, but maybe she is attracted by his red coat. I read that males that wear the brighter red coat, like this fellow, appear to feed at higher rates and have greater reproductive success than those whose red coats are more dull in color. I know they make better photographs and attract a lot of attention. What do you think?