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Appalachia Folklore

Cardinals Sent as Messengers

From the website State Symbols USA: “North Carolina designated the northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) as official state bird in 1943. One of America’s favorite backyard birds, cardinals are distinctive in appearance and song – known for their “cheer cheer cheer,” “whit-chew whit-chew” and “purty purty purty” whistles. Male cardinals are a brilliant scarlet red, females a buff brown with reddish wings; both have a jet-black mask, pronounced crest, and heavy bill. The cardinal sings nearly year-round, and the male aggressively defends…

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