Photo by Steve Baker I never paid attention
to the birds chirping but recently
have begun to notice what bird
was singing their song.
About 40% of adult cardinals die each year. Most die during the winter when food supplies are low. February is the toughest month for birds to find food. If a cardinal has lost a mate from the previous season a search will begin for a new mate.
As the courtship continues both the male and female begin to sing duets. Cardinals can sing several different song types but during the duets they coordinate songs. Scientists think this is another way for the female to determine her potential mate’s quality. Listen for them singing cheer, cheer, cheer or birdie, birdie, birdie.
Next the males bring tasty treats that they feed to the females. A male’s ability to forage efficiently and provide good quality food is an important consideration for a female that depends on a male to provide food for her while she is incubating eggs and later feed her babies.
Source: Wild Bird Guides-Northern Cardinal by Gary Ritchison
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