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Are Cardinals(red birds) mates for life?

Asked by john65pennington (29240points) January 3rd, 2010

If Cardinals are mates for life, how many offsprings can they produce in their lifetime together? and, do Cardinals have any enemies, other than cats?

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marinelife's avatar

The northern cardinal does indeed mate for life.

john65pennington's avatar

Thank you. would about offsprings? do other birds attack them or their nest? i have a couple that has been in a bush for at least two years and the other cardinals appear to be their offsprings, but how would i know?

marinelife's avatar

It is hard to tell if they would be the offspring of your original pair:

“Annual survival rates for adult Northern Cardinals have been estimated at 60 to 65%,[19] however, as with other passerine birds, the high mortality of juveniles means that the average lifespan is only about a year.”


Esteban's avatar

Trevor Miller of the St Louis has been married 14 times, so mating for life in his case is a serial event

john65pennington's avatar

Thanks Marina. i guess i need to put a collar on my pair of cardinals so i can identify them. just kidding. wow, its cold here 9 above and wind will freeze your tonsils, so i keep my mouth shut. john

ccrow's avatar

I wish I had cardinals living near my house.

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