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Northern Cardinal, adult female on feeder perch

Posted by Julie L. Brown (Indianapolis, Indiana, United States) on 18 April 2014 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

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Shot through a window, this image was cropped heavily to eliminate a distracting pole, perch bars, and the top of a feeder. The head turn is looking away, but I liked how the light and background brought out the color on the feathers. Notice that the bill of this bird is broken? It must not be that uncommon for this seed-cracking species since I have seen it before on other birds. The Northern Cardinal is in the family Cardinalidae , which includes the other large-billed birds: grosbeaks, tanagers, and buntings.

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Akbar&Armaghan from Gorgan, Iran

F A N T A S T I C!!

18 Apr 2014 5:32am

Focales from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Great capture Julie, thanks a lot

18 Apr 2014 6:14am

Kent from Herrljunga, Sweden

Great capture

18 Apr 2014 8:41am

Aigleloup from Rebecq, Belgium

Superbe mais je préfère quand même le mâle. Jolie prise de vue

18 Apr 2014 8:45am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Lovely image, I wonder if the bill gradually grows back

18 Apr 2014 9:01am