Illinois State Bird: Northern cardinal
Scientific Name: Cardinalis cardinalis
State Bird Description: The Northern Cardinal is one of the most recognizable birds in the United States, often called a redbird or or common cardinal they are recognized by their bright red color in males and the crest atop their heads. The male cardinal boasts a bright crimson red color with a black mask on it's face, and the females is a lighter orange to brown-orange color with a bright orange beak with a orange crest atop it's head. Many backyard birders attract cardinals to their yards using bird seed with sunflowers seeming to be their favorites.
Where It's Found: The Northern Cardinal can be found in southern parts ofCanada, the eastern US from Maine to Texas and onward south through Mexico. It often is found in woodlands, backyards, shrublands, and swamplands.
Illinois State Bird Dedication: 1928