Q:

What do cardinals eat?

A:

Quick Answer

The northern cardinal's diet consists primarily of insects, seeds, grains, fruit and sap. The official bird of seven U.S. states, the cardinal is a popular presence at backyard bird feeders all across the country and in southern Canada.

Continue Reading
What do cardinals eat?
Credit: ewan traveler Flickr CC-BY-2.0

Full Answer

One of the most easily identified songbirds, the cardinal reaches a maximum of 8 to 9 inches in size, with males bearing brilliant red plumage, for which the species is also known as redbirds. The name cardinal is derived from the red robes worn by Roman Catholic cardinals. The birds are aggressive in defending their territory and often occupy brushy swamps, gardens, thickets and woodland edges year-round.

Learn more about Birds

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What do whooping cranes eat?

    A:

    According to the National Wildlife Federation, whooping cranes have an omnivore's diet that includes crustaceans, small fish, insects, amphibians, reptiles, grains, marsh plants and acorns. They live in locations with significant water sources, such as wetlands, marshes, mudflats, wet prairies and fields.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What kinds of food do birds eat?

    A:

    The diet of birds varies widely, and generally includes seeds, nuts, fruits and small insects, beetles and worms. Different species of birds consume various substances, and avian diets are different for domestic and wild creatures. The seasons also play a role in determining what foods birds eat: when berries and nuts ripen in the spring and summer, for instance, birds consume large quantities of those foods.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What do baby robins eat?

    A:

    Mother robins feed their babies a diet consisting of worms, insects and fruit. Baby robins that are featherless have to eat every 15 to 20 minutes.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What does a robin eat?

    A:

    A robin's diet consists primarily of insects, worms, berries and fruit. The birds seek out lawns and gardens following periods of rain and at the sight of freshly cut grass, when it is easier to seek out prey.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore