Red Gallery – Northern Cardinal

Northern cardinal males normally metabolize carotenoid pigments to create plumage pigmentation of a color different from the ingested pigment. When fed only yellow pigments, males become a pale red color. A few “yellow morph” cardinals lack the enzyme to do this conversion. Their beak and feathers (except for black face mask) are yellow. Sightings are rare.

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Β© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

12 thoughts on “Red Gallery – Northern Cardinal

  1. Of course! They all do, their nests have been in my backyard for 12 years. There are about 6 families living there. They do not migrate. πŸ™‚

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