Male Northern Cardinal

The new Weekly Prompt is Red.

My initial ideas were bird species with red in the common English name until I realised that I had already used quite a few of those in a variety of previous posts. So wanting something different I thought about mammals and insects with red in the name only to realise that I had used some of them in earlier posts.

I then thought about photo of red subjects that didn’t have red in the name. In that case one of the more obvious North American species is the Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis).

The common English name derives from Roman Catholic Cardinals who wear red robes. It should be noted that the males are red, females being mostly grayish-brown with a slight reddish tint on the wings, crest and the tail feathers.

Northern Cardinal male feeding.

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