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Orange Northern Cardinal

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I encountered this today in Northern Virginia.  Not sure if it's a male or female.  Regardless, pretty unusual.

 

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That’s an immature male Northern Cardinal. It looks unusual because it’s molting into adult plumage.

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Thanks for the information.  It did act a bit strange for a Northern Cardinal.  Didn't spook like they normally do.  Just sat there about 20 feet away.  I took about 15 photos.

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10 hours ago, akandula said:

That’s an immature male Northern Cardinal. It looks unusual because it’s molting into adult plumage.

Okay, how are we determining this is a male?  The colors look like it could go female, at least to me.

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7 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Okay, how are we determining this is a male?

There's plenty of incoming red on the breast/belly feathers. Adult female Northern Cardinals are brown there.

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Just now, akandula said:

There's plenty of incoming red on the breast/belly feathers. Adult female Northern Cardinals are brown there.

Red. brown; po-TA-to, po-TAH-to :classic_tongue:

Maybe the color balance is off on my monitor.

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On 7/6/2020 at 6:24 AM, akandula said:

There's plenty of incoming red on the breast/belly feathers. Adult female Northern Cardinals are brown there.

Agreed

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