This Male Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)was photographed in April at Ijams Nature Center. He looked so striking with the redbud tree in the background. The males are more brightly colored. I am careful to avoid saying, "Male birds are brighter than females;" I said that once and the boys in my class loved it! Their smart-aleck answer was, "Well, yeah, we know that!" So now I say that male birds are more brightly colored than females!