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14 Cute and Heartwarming Baby Cardinal Photos

See what a baby cardinal looks like, from egg to fledgling, with photos. Did you know baby cardinals don't have red feathers when they hatch?

baby cardinalCourtesy 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.

baby cardinals with femaleCourtesy 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?

juvenile cardinalCourtesy Causetta Smith

Juvenile Cardinal

“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.

baby cardinalCourtesy 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.

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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.

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young cardinalCourtesy Sarah Harrigan

Redbird Grows Up

“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.

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cardinal nest and babiesCourtesy Amy Volovski

Just Hatched

“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.

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Feeding Time With Mom

“We noticed activity in one of our bushes and was able to capture a female cardinal looking in on her chicks. This image was taken with a Nikon D750,” says George Kurzik.

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Baby Cardinal Preparing To Leave The Nest.Courtesy Joan Fleming

Young Feathered Friend

“I was so lucky when I found this little baby cardinal preparing to leave the nest,” says Joan Fleming.

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cardinal babyCourtesy Kellie Pascucci

Found a Cardinal Nest

“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.

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baby cardinals eatingCourtesy Tina Burrows

A Tasty Caterpillar Snack

“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 my pantry window. I have been fortunate to witness the two raise several babies with such devotion and love!” says Tina Burrows.

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baby cardinal with momCourtesy Sue Jarrett

Baby Cardinal Eating 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.

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cardinal nest and eggsCourtesy 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.

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cardinal nest, what do baby cardinals eatCourtesy Ryan Schoenfeld

Sweet Family Moment

Ryan Schoenfeld shared an adorable photo of a female cardinal feeding her babies in the nest. Check out more super cute baby birds you need to see.

Lori Vanover
Lori Vanover is the senior digital editor for Birds & Blooms. She has a bachelor's degree in agricultural and environmental communications from the University of Illinois. Lori is certified as a Wisconsin Extension Master Gardener and is also a member of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology.