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Despite Thousands in Captivity, This Rare Songbird Is Going Extinct
Long coveted for songbird competitions in Indonesia, black-winged mynahs have almost disappeared from the wild.
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This Famous Dinosaur Could Fly, But Unlike Anything Alive Today
The animal's wings resemble those of pheasants, but it couldn't flap quite like today's birds.
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Rare Baby Bird Fossil Found In Dino Era Rock
The 127-million-year-old hatchling could provide insight into avian evolution.
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Oil And Gas Drilling Is Causing Birds To Have Fewer Chicks
A new study is the first in any animal to link noise pollution to stress and show that this connection can disrupt reproduction.
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Why These Birds Carry Flames In Their Beaks
Australia's indigenous peoples have long observed "firehawks" spreading wildfires throughout the country's tropical landscapes.
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New Feathered Dinosaur Had Four Wings but Couldn't Fly
In a surprise for paleontologists, the well-preserved fossil suggests that the animal spent its life scampering around on the forest floor.
About Cardinal

The northern cardinal is so well loved that it has been named the official bird of no fewer than seven U.S. states. Bright red cardinals are easily identified by even casual bird watchers, and are often seen frequenting backyards and bird feeders. When foraging elsewhere the birds eat insects, seeds, grain, fruit, and sap.

Males can be aggressive when defending their territory, and they frequently attack other males who intrude. This tendency sometimes leads cardinals to fly into glass windows, when they charge an "intruding bird" that is really their own reflection.

Fast Facts 

Type: Bird

Diet: Omnivore

Average life span in the wild: 15 years

Size: 8 to 9 in (21 to 23 cm)

Weight: 1.5 to 1.8 oz (42 to 51 g)

Did you know? Unlike many songbirds, both male and female cardinals sing, and the female often vocalizes with song from her nest.

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