At one time, Missouri had two professional sports teams named after this bird, and it’s no wonder the northern cardinal is so popular: it’s a striking red bird with a dashing crest and a natty black mask—and it’s an excellent singer, too!
Sometimes people see bald-headed cardinals—cardinals without feathers on their heads. This condition usually is reported in summer and fall, when cardinals are molting, and new feathers usually grow in soon after.
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