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more likely a finch, house Finch or Purple Finch
They are called Bishops
I am not sure all cardinals have a crest. In fact, this bird was with a bid red cardinal (I assumed the dad) at the bird feeder.
It’s a house finch
Malory, you are absolutely right!!
Rajib Roy this photo is definitely a house finch. I see an assortment of birds together at our feeders. It’s pretty cool. I think cardinals do all have a crest but it’s more obvious on the adults. Regardless, it’s a great photo!
Have you ever seen cowbirds? They are crazy! They take over an existing nest pushing out the eggs already there and laying their own. I saw a male cardinal feeding a juvenile cowbird on our deck one time. Apparently the parents are clueless and raise anything that hatches in their nests!!
House finch. We have tons of them. They are the only things that go for the thistle sometimes after the goldfinches have left for the season.
Could be a rose-breasted Grosbeak
What’s the best book I can buy to identify birds in my backyard in AL
Have you tried any of the books by the National Audubon Society. I will see if they have anything specific for Alabama.
This is a house Finch
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