Cheery Red Cardinal
Digital Art - Digital Painting/photographic Art
Digitally hand-painted to achieve the effect of a tapestry - part of a set of six bird paintings done in this style.
The Christmas Cardinal has a very special significance and that is the reason that you can find so many ornaments, decorations and gifts.
It is said that the Christmas Cardinal became known as the Christmas bird because of the brilliant red color in the male species. Hanging a red cardinal ornament in your Christmas tree is supposed to bring good luck, peace and joy to you and your family throughout the coming year. According to the legend, the Christmas Cardinal is a symbol of hope and the bright red color symbolizes the blood that Christ shed for our sins. The Legend of The Red Christmas Cardinal is that its brilliant red color is a reminder to Christians to focus on faith. One this is certain though - the Red Christmas Cardinal looks beautiful on a Christmas tree or Christmas card.
From All About Birds:
The male Northern Cardinal is perhaps responsible for getting more people to open up a field guide than any other bird. They're a perfect combination of familiarity, conspicuousness, and style: a shade of red you can't take your eyes off. Even the brown females sport a sharp crest and warm red accents. Cardinals don't migrate and they don't molt into a dull plumage, so they're still breathtaking in winter's snowy backyards. In summer, their sweet whistles are one of the first sounds of the morning.
Only a few female North American songbirds sing, but the female Northern Cardinal does, and often while sitting on the nest. This may give the male information about when to bring food to the nest. A mated pair shares song phrases, but the female may sing a longer and slightly more complex song than the male.
Many people are perplexed each spring by the sight of a cardinal attacking its reflection in a window, car mirror, or shiny bumper. Both males and females do this, and most often in spring and early summer when they are obsessed with defending their territory against any intruders. Birds may spend hours fighting these intruders without giving up. A few weeks later, as levels of aggressive hormones subside, these attacks should end (though one female kept up this behavior every day or so for six months without stopping).
The male cardinal fiercely defends its breeding territory from other males. When a male sees its reflection in glass surfaces, it frequently will spend hours fighting the imaginary intruder.
A perennial favorite among people, the Northern Cardinal is the state bird of seven states.
The oldest recorded Northern Cardinal was 15 years 9 months old.
Look for Northern Cardinals in dense shrubby areas such as forest edges, overgrown fields, hedgerows, backyards, marshy thickets, mesquite, regrowing forest, and ornamental landscaping. Cardinals nest in dense foliage and look for conspicuous, fairly high perches for singing. Growth of towns and suburbs across eastern North America has helped the cardinal expand its range northward.
Rare Yellow Cardinal -
(I have a pair of true yellow cardinals of which I have a number of pictures - not good enough to post - that visited my backyard a couple of years but I have not seen them yet this winter).
It is apparently a rare mutation -
The first documented yellow Northern cardinal was "collected" in 1989 by the Museum of Natural Science at Louisiana State University, according to Hill's research paper.
Typical cardinals get their rich red feathers by metabolizing their food into a certain pigment, Palmer-Ball said. With the yellow Northern cardinals - not to be confused with a separate South American species known simply as a yellow cardinal - a mutation causes the metabolic process to create a different type of pigment.
Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2011/02/09/1628607/rare-yellow-cardinals-spotted.html#storylink=cpy
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December 7th, 2013
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