Family: Cardinalidae, Cardinals view all from this family
Description ADULT MALE Has streaked dark brown back and dark wings with white "shoulders" and wing bars. Rump is orange-buff (white in Rosebreasted). Has a mostly dark hood with orange-buff neck and underparts. ADULT FEMALE Has mostly streaked brown upperparts with two white wing bars and white supercilium. Margin of throat is pale, but underparts are otherwise pale orange-buff with faint streaking. JUVENILE Streaked; first-winter birds recall adult female, but male has richer underparts.
Dimensions Length: 7 1/2" (19 cm)
Habitat Common summer visitor (Jun- Aug) to hardwood stands and coniferous forests; winters in Mexico.
Observation Tips Easy to see.
Range New England, Southeast, Rocky Mountains, Texas, Southwest, Northwest, California, Western Canada, Mid-Atlantic, Plains
Voice Song is rich and warbling, with some wolf-whistlelike phrases; call is a sharp eek.
Discussion Plump songbird. Immature and female birds are similar to Rosebreasted counterparts; warmer orange-buff underparts and light streaking are good identification features and breeding range is also a clue. Bill is usually darker above than below (uniformly pale in Rose-breasted) and underwing coverts are yellowish in all birds. Sexes are dissimilar.