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The Cardinal is the state bird of Indiana and six other states: Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia. Northern Cardinals breed 2-3 times each season. The female builds the nest and tends to the hatchlings for about 10 days while the male brings food. The male then takes over the care of this first brood while the female moves on to a new nest and lays a second clutch of eggs.

Cardinals are one of my favorite birds to carve. They are distinct and easy to recognize. This folk art bird carving of a Female Cardinal is carved from Basswood. I used milk paints, various stains, and techniques to age the carving. I photographed this carving last Fall in different settings and natural lighting conditions.

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Only a few female North American songbirds sing. The female Northern Cardinal does, often while tending to the nest. This may give the male information about when to bring food to the nest. A mated pair shares song phrases, but the female may sing a longer and slightly more complex song than the male.

This folk art bird carving of a Cardinal is carved from Basswood. I used milk paints, various stains, and techniques to age the carving.

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I’ve been working on a few folk art Cardinals over the last month, both male and female. In 1933, the Indiana General Assembly chose the Cardinal to be the state bird of Indiana. Also known as the Redbird, the cardinal is the state bird of seven states: Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia. The bright red males are easily spotted, especially in the winter. Female cardinals are grayish-green with a dusty red crest. Cardinals build nest in bushes and brushy areas and are frequent visitors to bird feeders.

This folk art bird carving of a Cardinal is carved from Basswood. I used milk paints, various stains, and techniques to age the carving.

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