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Friday, January 13, 2017

What happens when a cardinal loses a mate

What happens when a bird, such as a cardinal, loses it's mate? Do they seek another mate?

About 60% of adult cardinals survive from one year to the next, which means 40% of adult cardinals die each year. Some of this mortality occurs during the breeding season, but most deaths occur during the winter.

A female cardinal may separate herself from a flock if her mate from the previous season is killed. All cardinals join flocks during non-breeding season. These flocks are temporary groups with a composition that changes continuously. The surviving cardinal takes this opportunity to evaluate other individuals as potential mates.

Then in February, pairs begin to form, territories are established and flocks begin to disband. A well stocked feeding station and a bath along with the proper shrubs for food and shelter will ensure you an up close look into the life of a cardinal year round.

Source: Wild Bird Guides-Northern Cardinal by Gary Ritchison

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