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Cardinal Facts You Might Not Know
By Kyle Carlsen
Assistant Editor | Bird Watcher's Digest
The northern cardinal is one of the most well known birds on the continent. It's the official bird of seven U.S. states and countless sports teams. It appears on numerous holiday cards and ornaments and has been featured on the cover of Bird Watcher's Digest more than any other bird. What makes this bird so dang popular? The flashy, red garb of the male helps, no doubt. The bird's fondness for backyards and black-oil sunflower seed means it's familiar to anyone who feeds birds in the eastern half of the United States. The cardinal's rich, cheery song can be heard in a variety of habitats from late winter through summer.
Grab a cup of coffee or hot cocoa and see how many questions you can answer about the crimson-colored cardinal.
How did the cardinal get its name?
a) They're always working on their cardio
b) They're always featured on greeting cards
c) They're named after high-ranking bishops of the Roman Catholic Church
d) Cardinal is Latin for "red"
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