14 Cute and Heartwarming Baby Cardinal Photos
Learn what a baby cardinal looks like, from egg to fledgling, with these photos. Did you know that baby cardinals do not have red feathers when they hatch?
Courtesy Terri Villacci
Cute Baby Cardinal
“After the snow finally left, I went out front to trim the dead branches from the arbovitae and there was a nest visible. There was a female cardinal sitting on eggs. The eggs hatched the first of May. Soon the baby birds flew off and they had such great expressions whenever I took photos. What I loved is that I did not know that a baby cardinal isn’t born with its red color. I learned a lot about cardinals this year,” says Terri Villacci. Discover fascinating cardinal bird facts.
Courtesy Jody Miller
Cardinal Mom on Duty
“While watering my newly purchased hanging fern basket, I was overjoyed to find a nest with two brown and creme speckled eggs in a nest. Watching the next few weeks unfold as I watched the cardinal momma diligently attend to the nest. Then seeing the pair of birds take an equal interest in the chicks, feeding them after they hatched, was truly unforgettable. This picture speaks to me as I feel like it encompasses that new feeling as a mom,” says Jody Miller. Do northern cardinals mate for life?
Courtesy Causetta Smith
“I spotted a juvenile female northern cardinal stopping by the birdbath for a drink on a beautiful summer morning in Logan County, West Virginia,” says Causetta Smith. Check out more simply stunning bird photos of cardinals and cardinals in the snow, too.
Courtesy Candy Isom
Ready to Fly
“I was at a family party for Memorial Day when we were lucky enough to catch a baby cardinal leaving its nest to test out its wings. The mom and dad cardinal were nearby and the dad had two juicy worms in his mouth. The baby was very focused on flying, however, and ended up in a small tree. I grabbed my camera and took a picture of it resting. It looks so crabby; but I think it was excited. I know we were!” says Candy Isom. Discover proven ways to attract and identify northern cardinals.
Courtesy Pamela Hall
Fluffy Baby Cardinal Birds
“I saw cardinals in my backyard bush, then I found a nest and discovered this baby cardinal getting ready to venture out. I usually never see cardinals in my yard so this was exciting to keep track and grab a picture,” says Pamela Hall. Psst—don’t miss these cardinal gifts for redbird lovers.
Courtesy Sarah Harrigan
Young Red Cardinal
“I believe this is a juvenile cardinal. We have had an abundance of them this spring and summer. Walking past the window I noticed this bird and quickly grabbed my camera for the capture,” says Sarah Harrigan. Check out 9 birds that look like cardinals.
Courtesy Amy Volovski
New Cardinal Baby Birds
“These beautiful cardinal babies were nested right outside our driveway in rhododendron bushes. We thought they were robins but then we looked it up and were pleasantly surprised they were cardinals. We love our cardinals because they are so majestic,” says Amy Volovski. If you see a cardinal, here’s what it means.
Courtesy Elizabeth Spranger
Feeding Time With Dad
:This photo was taken in my backyard in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. I first saw this fledgling sitting on top of a feeder alone. It seemed to be looking around and waiting for something. Next thing I knew, a male cardinal landed beside the fledgling and proceeded to shove seeds into its waiting beak. I had never seen a baby cardinal before and never would have guessed that that’s what it was. I liked this photo because it captured the eagerness of the fledgling in getting its meal and dad playing a part in caring for his young,” says Elizabeth Spranger. Check out the best cardinal bird feeders and birdseed.
Courtesy Joan Fleming
“I was so lucky when I found this little baby cardinal preparing to leave the nest,” says Joan Fleming. Don’t miss these photos of white cardinals!
Courtesy Kellie Pascucci
“In August, our 8-month old puppy noticed a nest and mama cardinal outside our front window. Today I was able to get close enough to take this shot,” says Kellie Pascucci. What does a cardinal’s call sound like?
Courtesy Tina Burrows
“We have had a pair of cardinals that have built a nest in our one of our rose trees for the last four years. It just happens to be near pantry window and I have been fortunate to witness the two raise several babies with such devotion and love!” says Tina Burrows. Meet the pyrrhuloxia: the desert cardinal of the southwest.
Courtesy Sue Jarrett
Baby Cardinal Snacking on Seeds
” I took this photo right in my backyard when the mom northern cardinal was feeding her baby cardinal on a grounded branch,” says Sue Jarrett. Psst—a rare half male, half female cardinal was spotted in Pennsylvania.
Courtesy Leisa Duff
Late Nesting Cardinals
“I captured this photo of a cardinal nest just outside my door in early fall and I was very surprised because it was past the usual nesting months. I was excited to watch each day’s progress. On this day, when I peeked in to take a picture, the leaves moved and they were ready to eat!” says Leisa Duff. Learn how to identify bird eggs by color and size.