Sounds of the Northern Cardinal
Shortcut: Purdy, purdy, purdy; metallic chip
Song: Both sexes sing clear, slurred whistled phrases that are cabulary of several phrase types which it combines into different songs. One common song pattern sounds like purdy purdy purdy... whoit, whoit, whoit, whoit. Another resembles what-cheer, what-cheer ... wheet, wheet, wheet, wheet.
Call: The common call is a metallic chip, given as a contact call and in situations of alarm.
Bird songs copyright 2011 by Lang Elliott. Song descriptions adapted from the book Common Birds and Their Songs (Lang Elliott, 1998: Houghton Mifflin Company) and other material by Lang Elliott. Contact: Nature Sound Studio. Photographs copyright 2011 by Brian Small and Robert Royse. All rights reserved.