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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Cardinal mating call

In February Northern Cardinals formalize their choice of mate for the nesting season. The female chooses a male and they sing to each other. Both sexes sing clear, whistled songs, which are repeated several times, then varied.

Some common phrases are described as purdy, purdy, purdy…whoit, whoit, whoit, whoit and what-cheer, what-cheer…wheet, wheet, wheet, wheet.

By March territories have been decided and you will often see mated pairs at the feeders together. They like to eat next to each other and the male cardinal often shares his meal with the female in a mate-feeding behavior.

By April, if all goes as planned, they usually have started to raise their first of two broods.

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