Female Northern Cardinal

_N4B6765 copyIn southeastern Arizona we are fortunate to have two species of Cardinals, the Northern Cardinal and the Pyrrhuloxia.  Northern Cardinals have a range that includes much of the United States whereas Pyrrhuloxias are a southwestern species.  In any event these two species’ ranges overlap where we live and one not infrequently sees birds of both species together.

The Northern Cardinal is the familiar “redbird.”  Both males and females of the species are mostly red in color but the males are much brighter than the females.  Tonight, I’m featuring images of female Cardinals.

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It can get a bit confusing when one sees these birds.  People frequently confuse female Northern Cardinals with male Pyrrhuloxias.  Their plumage isn’t really similar and it’s easy to tell the species apart once one is familiar with them.

Over the next few days I’ll post images of male Northern Cardinals as well as those of Pyrrhuloxias.  I think that the differences in appearance will be readily apparent.

Images made with a Canon 5Diii, 400DO+1.4X Extender, aperture preferred setting.  The first image shot at ISO 1000, f5.6 @ 1/250.  The second image shot at ISO 800, f6.3 @ 1/200.  For both images the camera was stabilized by resting it an the lens on a solid object.




















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