Male cardinals typically have bright red feathers that signal to potential mates that they are healthy and virile. Female cardinals have a mixture of duller shades of gray, brown and red because they do not have to impress potential mates with the bright colors and elaborate posturing observed in males.Continue Reading
The color difference observed between the plumage of male and female cardinals is a type of sexual dimorphism. Sexual dimorphism means that males and females exhibit different physical and behavioral traits that clearly identify each sex.
Male cardinals can be aggressive when defending their claimed territory, and they may attack other males that intrude.Learn more about Birds
Cardinals mate for life and are primarily monogamous. After the male has chosen a female, the two begin to build a nest using leaves, grasses, bark and small twigs that they gather and weave together. The nest is usually lined with animal hair and soft grass.Full Answer >
Ducks quack to communicate a range of signals with mates, competitors, offspring and predators. However, quacking is not the only means of vocal communication for ducks. Depending on the species and the sex, ducks can also squeak, chirp, hiss, grunt or whistle.Full Answer >
The wild turkey is a relatively large bird with a long neck, body and legs with dark, somewhat iridescent feathers. Although the turkey can fly, its wing feathers are short, and the feathers of its tail are fan-shaped.Full Answer >
A jake is a young male wild turkey that can be distinguished from an adult, or tom, by the length of its middle tail feathers. The adult males will have tail feathers that are all the same length, while the younger males will have noticeably longer feathers in the middle. The adult males also have a much longer beard, which is the cluster of hair-like feathers growing from the center of its breast.Full Answer >