The drab female Northern Cardinal isn’t as flashy as her brilliant red male counterpart, but that doesn’t make her a push-over.
Females sing to call in male cardinals when they are eligible and want to be courted and during courtship they match their mate’s songs. Later female cardinals sing to shoo away brightly colored mates from the nest when a predator is nearby. Then they give the all clear, when it is safe or they want a meal delivered.
|A female cardinal in her breeding plumage. - Rodney Campbell|
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