Cardinal Facts You Might Not Know

northern cardinal (male)

How did the cardinal get its name?

a) They’re always working on their cardio
b) They’re always featured on greeting cards
c) They’re named after high-ranking bishops of the Roman Catholic Church
d) Cardinal is Latin for “red”

Answer: c) The cardinal was named after the bishops’ ceremonial scarlet robes and high, pointed hat. The rose-red plumage of the male cardinal and the crests of adult cardinals make them a near-perfect match for this name.

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