Hawaii Northern Cardinal

Uncategorized — May 12, 2012
A female Northern Cardinal perches in a Ti plant in Captain Cook, on the Big Island of Hawaii

A female Northern Cardinal perches in a Ti plant in Captain Cook, on the Big Island of Hawaii

These cardinals keep loitering around the garden area outside my office door all morning. Haven’t got a decent shot of the red cardinal yet, but I did get a few good pictures of his partner. The cardinals here on the Big Island of Hawaii are pretty much the same Northern Cardinal you would find anywhere else in the United States, or so it seems. And, as always, you can see the female northern cardinal lacks the vivid red color of her male counterpart.

a female hawaiian northern cardinal perches in a tree in south kona, big island, hawaii

The female Northern Cardinal lacks the vivid red color of the male

The Northern Cardinal is one of three birds in the genus Cardinalis and is included in the family Cardinalidae.The common name, as well as the scientific name, of the Northern Cardinal refers to the cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church, who wear distinctive red robes and caps. The term “Northern” in the common name refers to its range, as it is the northernmost cardinal species.