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Friday, December 5, 2014

Cardinal banned as pet bird

The Northern Cardinals develop more feathers in the winter to protect themselves from the cold and harsh weather of the North. They like to live in residential gardens and are attracted to backyard bird feeders. These habitat preferences have allowed cardinals to expand their range north and southwest over the years.

Their beautiful color and songs made cardinals prized at one time as cage birds. However their sale is now banned in the United States, after they were given protection by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.
Seven U.S. states - namely Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia - have chosen these well-loved songbirds as their state birds.