A Cardinal is any of several American songbirds deriving its name from the color red. The male being bright red with a black face, pointed crest, and loud song and the female being much duller in color.
Cardinals, which make up the family Cardinalidae, are passerine birds found in North and South America. They are also known as cardinal-grosbeaks and cardinal-buntings. The South American cardinals in the genus Paroaria are placed in another family, the Thraupidae (previously placed in Emberizidae).
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