All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

Note how this female Cardinal has the same facial markings as the male, she is much more cryptically colored though. A brightly colored female would be easier for predators to see and attack. I like to tell my students that in nature, it's the males th...
Note how this female Cardinal has the same facial markings as the male, she is much more cryptically colored though. A brightly colored female would be easier for predators to see and attack. I like to tell my students that in nature, it's the males that put on the "make-up" of bright colors to attract a mate! ;)

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