2008 Canadian 25-Cent Birds of Canada #4: Northern Cardinal Coloured Coin

Item: #2008CDLQTR    |    Mfr: Royal Canadian Mint    |   #100771


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2008 Canadian 25-Cent Birds of Canada #4: Northern Cardinal Coloured Coin


Named after the red robes worn by Cardinals in the Roman Catholic Church, the Northern Cardinal was once a popular cage bird for its attractive plumage and range of calls, songs and whistles. The male often calls attention to himself with the cheerful birdie, birdie, birdie call. However, the female has a longer, more complex repertoire, sometimes singing from the nest to inform her mate when food is needed. Females resemble the males, but lack the vivid red colouring. They are mostly grayish-brown with a reddish tint in their wings and tail feathers. Both have prominent crests and dark face-masks surrounding the strong coral-coloured beak, which is used to break open seeds and fruits.



The Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) is one of the most brilliantly coloured songbirds in southeastern Canada, where it is a familiar sight throughout the year. The bright red male stands out against white snow and green trees. This medium-sized songbird isn't shy and the Cardinal can often be seen chasing other birds away from feeders, even spending hours pecking at its own reflection to expel an imaginary intruder from its breeding territory.



2008 Canadian 25-Cent Birds of Canada: Northern Cardinal Coloured Coin is encapsulated and presented in a maroon clamshell case lined with flock and protected by a black sleeve and Certificate of Authenticity.




Face Value: 25 cents
Mintage: 25,000
Composition: Nickel plated steel
Weight (g): 12.61
Diameter (mm): 35
Finish: Specimen

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