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Official North Carolina state bird.
North Carolina State Bird

Name: Cardinal

Binomial Name: Cardinalis cardinalis

Adopted: Legislation of 1943
The Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) is a member of the North America cardinal family.

Males of the species are a bright, deep red with black faces and coral-red beaks. Females of the species are a fawn or light brown color, with mostly grayish-brown tones and a slight reddish tint in their wings and tail feathers, also with a bright coral-red beak. Both have prominent raised crests and strong beaks. Young birds are the colored like the adult females until they molt and grow their adult feathers in the fall.