Red Crossbill: Medium finch with red-orange body, brighter red rump, and dark brown wings. Bill is dark and crossed at tip.
There are several small red birds, that are not cardinals, including: Hepatic Tanager. House Finch. Pine Grosbeak.
Small, nondescript brown bird with a short tail, thin bill, and dark barring on wings and tail with a paler throat.
Dickcissel. Dickcissel are small-sized bird from the sparrow family, that can be found in fields, grasslands and prairies throughout North America, migrating from Central America during the winter months.
Although lacking the brilliant red plumage of the male, the female cardinal has an elegant beauty all her own, with a warm, buffy tan color over her back, breast, and sides; red-orange on the wings, tail, and crown; and a blackish “mask.” Female cardinals also have a crest and a chunky red-orange bill, traits they …
Cardinals exist in red, yellow, white, and golden/brown colors. Many people believe that they have sighted a blue cardinal however, they do not exist. The primary color that cardinals can be found in include red for male cardinals and grey-brown for female cardinals.
Breeding male Scarlet Tanagers are brilliant red like adult male Northern Cardinals, but they have black wings and a black tail.
It’s also a smaller bird and lacks the black face mask that the cardinal has. This tanager has a longer tan beak while the cardinal has that distinguishing shorter orange-red beak. You’ll also notice that the summer tanager has quite a short tail while the cardinal’s tail is relatively long.
Seven Red Birds for the Holidays- Pine Grosbeak. Pine Grosbeak by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant David Halgrimson.
Northern Cardinal. Cardinal by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Bob Schlake.
“Red” Fox Sparrows, widely distributed across the boreal forest of northern North America, are rusty above with some pale gray on the head and rufous splotches on the underparts.
Both males and females are a bright, unpatterned reddish-brown above and warm buffy-orange below, with a long white eyebrow stripe, dark bill, and white chin and throat. The Carolina Wren creeps around vegetated areas and scoots up and down tree trunks in search of insects and fruit.
Their plant-based diets might suggest peace-loving passivity, but House Finches can be very aggressive, especially at feeders. In fact, they’re so territorial around food and nest sites that they’re one of the only birds known to fight off non-native House Sparrows.
All three species are streaked, and the males of all three have red plumage. The House Finch, the most common and widespread of the three, typically has a red head, breast, and rump, but does not have red coloring on its brown back or wings.
The red of a male House Finch comes from pigments contained in its food during molt (birds can’t make bright red or yellow colors directly). So the more pigment in the food, the redder the male. This is why people sometimes see orange or yellowish male House Finches.
As it relates to red birds, the primary difference between a red bird and the male cardinal is the crown. The male cardinal is the only red bird with raised crown feathers that stands full and tall. Another difference between a red bird and the male cardinal is their size.
White-breasted Nuthatches are gray-blue on the back, with a frosty white face and underparts. The black or gray cap and neck frame the face and make it look like this bird is wearing a hood. The lower belly and under the tail are often chestnut.
Key information. With the firecrest, the goldcrest is the UK’s smallest bird. They’re dull greyish-green with a pale belly and a black and yellow stripe on their heads, which has an orange centre in males. Their thin beak is ideally suited for picking insects out from between pine needles.
Measurements. Soft silvery gray above and white below, with a rusty or peach-colored wash down the flanks. A black patch just above the bill makes the bird look snub-nosed. Tufted Titmice are acrobatic foragers, if a bit slower and more methodical than chickadees.
* Finches have shorter legs than sparrows, and their legs are often dark gray; sparrows have longer legs, which are often pale pinkish. * Finches are plainer, less patterned; sparrows have more varied and intricate patterns.