Easily identifiable, the Cardinal shows its flamboyant color year round. Mid-Summer the male cardinal shines through the dense green Ozark forest. Winter the bright red Cardinal give hope of life on the other side of snowy cold days.
Male Cardinals make the cover of magazines and memorable appearances in our mind's eye. Female Cardinals are just as memorable but for their motherly ways rather than their splash on the scene.
A family of Cardinals, when they come to your yard, is a glorious event. Daily eating from the bird feeders, they prefer seeds but are quite capable of cleaning out a batch of peanut butter corn meal balls.
The couple joins together to direct the young in the food route. The young birds follow for some weeks, then take the lead. If there are several young males, they will jest and play together.
Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardinalidae