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Books about Cardinals

This page lists books that are totally or partially about Cardinals. The books are listed in order of publication date with the most recent at the top.

Cardinal species

Northern Cardinal
Cardinalis cardinalis

Cardinalis sinuatus

Vermilion Cardinal
Cardinalis phoeniceus


Tanagers, Cardinals, and Finches of the United States and Canada: The Photographic Guide

David Beadle and J.D. Rising

Princeton University Press


"This is the first comprehensive photographic identification guide to tanagers, cardinals, and finches. Many of North America's finest bird and wildlife photographers have supplied a stunning collection of images, some of which depict plumages rarely available in other publications. The 200 photographs have been carefully selected to illustrate age, seasonal, and sexual variation in all of the species found north of Mexico, including introduced species and vagrants. The text is designed to introduce the reader to the biology, identification, molts, vocalization, and distribution of the forty-six species covered. Each photograph is accompanied by a caption outlining relevant identification features, and original range maps illustrate the distributions of all the species that regularly occur north of Mexico."

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Northern Cardinal

Gary Ritchison

Wild Bird Guides

Stackpole Books


"Every aspect of a species' life in the wild - courtship, nesting, brooding, communication, foraging, flying, fighting - is covered in text by a leading ornithologist, and photographs by top nature photographers."

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The Cardinal

June Osborne

University of Texas Press


"Follows a year in the life of the northern cardinal, detailing how the bird stakes out territory, chooses mates, cares for its young, copes with predators, and survives adverse weather and shortages of food."

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Last updated August 2011