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And now, a white-headed cardinal!

My recent posts on Northern Cardinals with aberrant coloration seemed to spark a fair bit of interest, and I've received many notes about other strange-looking cardinals. Here's yet another, and it was so odd in appearance that I begged permission to use the photos here.

Photo courtesy of Jane Simcox

Jane Simcox has had this (for simplicity's sake we'll call it a partial albino) female Northern Cardinal at her Akron-area feeders for a while now, and it's a charmer.

Photo courtesy of Jane Simcox

The bird looks as if it flew headlong into a snow bank! A very strange and distinctive animal, to be sure. I would love to cross it with Mr. Yellowbird in THIS POST. I'm sure the offspring would be remarkable.

Big thanks to Jane for sharing her elegant cardinal.

Comments

Elaine said…
Looks like the Red-crested Cardinal in Hawaii.
Wiseoldgranny said…
We have a girl who looks just like this who appeared this week in our small town north of Pittsburgh. Looks like she plans to stick around too!
barbara sampson said…
We have had one of these birds at our feeders since early 2012 in Indianapolis IN



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Anonymous said…
I have One in Vienna also
Linda S. said…
I've been researching this bird for over an hour when my daughter ran across this site. I have one hanging around our feeder with the other cardinals, in Troup, Tx.
My parents have one of these unusual cardinals at their home in Boltonville, WI. I was able to see it over the holidays-lovely!
Anonymous said…
We have several variations in Huntingtown, Maryland. last year we had a female with white cheeks. We now see two different females with full white heads.We assume that they are descendants.3
Miss Tia said…
I know this blog entry is a few years old; but I'm in Akron Ohio and just had a white headed female cardinal show up today at my feeders!! Wonder if it's the same!
Anonymous said…
Just saw one here in Oklahoma a few times over the last few weeks.
Anonymous said…
Here in Mustang , Oklahoma I usually have a dozen or so male cardinals and almost as many female cardinals(they are harder to count fast) every year for last 5 years I have been feeding the birds. Today, 12-8-2016 , was first time to see a female cardinal with a white head. While looking online to try to verify that is what she really was, I came across this site and decided to post the information as to location . Hope she decides to stay like all the other cardinals that seem to be regulars at my feeder.
C Howard said…
I have been seeing a white-headed female cardinal visiting my feeder for the past three days here in Azle, Texas.
Anonymous said…
I love all of my cardinals - all year long. Just spotted this white faced lady and had to look her up! Wow! I wish that I had gotten a picture. With love from Forestburg, TX (red river county)
Anonymous said…
I just took a picure of one a few minutes ago here in Middle Tennessee.
I wonder if she's related to the all-albino one from last year.

These white headed ones look like cockatiels! I thought at first it's what it was, but logic crept in...brrrrrrr...
Anonymous said…
My husband just took a picture of one of these
Beauties in Aledo. TX. We’ve been seeing him
with the other Cardinals this week. So pretty.
Amy Scott said…
FINALLY! We live in central pa and love feeding our birds. Even have a few with names. This white headed, very unusual looking, cardinal sized bird arrived in our yard just before Christmas. Took many pictures but no one knew what it was. She just paid us a visit this afternoon and I thought how much she resembled a cardinal. Good old google brought me to this blog. Woo Hoo! She’s a white headed cardinal. Absolutely beautiful.

January 30, 2018
Anonymous said…
My wife just sent me a picture she took of oneby our feeder in northwest Florida. We love seeing the different birds that show up and this is true Luca different one, for sure!

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