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Merlin Bird ID

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    Northern Cardinal Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      The Northern Cardinal is a fairly large, long-tailed songbird with a short, very thick bill and a prominent crest. Cardinals often sit with a hunched-over posture and with the tail pointed straight down.

      Relative Size

      Slightly smaller than an American Robin

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      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 8.3-9.1 in (21-23 cm)
        • Weight: 1.5-1.7 oz (42-48 g)
        • Wingspan: 9.8-12.2 in (25-31 cm)