Northern Cardinal

Cardinalis cardinalis Order: Passeriformes Family: Cardinalidae (Cardinals and Allies)
Cardinalis cardinalis Order: Passeriformes Family: Cardinalidae (Cardinals and Allies)
Northern Cardinal

The state bird of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia (which all happen to be contiguous states) is beloved for its bright color (ideally depicted on winter holiday greeting cards) and its rich, whistled song.

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