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Dear WhatBird Community, 

I am posting this in the North America forum because the photo was taken in Minneapolis, Minnesota but I am pretty sure it is an exotic species that might have escaped from the pet trade. 
A friend sent me the photo and I was unable to ID it. The bird seems to be sitting on a nest. 

 

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14 minutes ago, The Bird Nuts said:

Is your friend sure that it was a bird?  I just see what looks like dead leaves.

Yes. It is a bird for sure. She got looks from different angles but did not want to bother it since it appears to be on a nest. 

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11 minutes ago, Rob Cahill said:

Yes. It is a bird for sure. She got looks from different angles but did not want to bother it since it appears to be on a nest. 

Did they say how big it was? Almost looks like a raggedy cardinal to me with that big red bill.

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3 minutes ago, Peromyscus said:

Yeah, female Northern Cardinal.

Yes. Actually she said it was the size of a Cardinal. 
All I can say is that it’s a pretty ragged looking worse-for-the-wear female cardinal if that’s what it is. 
I note in particular the white line on the forehead.  

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9 hours ago, Rob Cahill said:

Yes. Actually she said it was the size of a Cardinal. 
All I can say is that it’s a pretty ragged looking worse-for-the-wear female cardinal if that’s what it is. 
I note in particular the white line on the forehead.  

 

9 hours ago, Rob Cahill said:

Northern Cardinals are super common nesters in her neighborhood. 

Northern Cardinal is the only option in Minnesota with that big, thick, bright red bill.

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