The Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) is a member of the cardinal family of birds in North America. The bird's name comes from the red-robed Roman Catholic Cardinals. Its crested head is also said to resemble a bishop's mitre. Cardinals have also been referred to as "Redbirds" and
"Virginia nightingales". Cardinals were once popular cage birds for their bright color and rich, varied songs. This crimson bird brings such joy to my yard with his 'Cheer, Cheer, Cheer' sound bringing vibrancy to the neighbourhood as he
flits here and there amongst the branches.