Seven Red Birds for the Holidays

Red is a color associated with Christmas, Yule and the winter holiday season in general.

Here in North America, we don’t have too many wildlife species that are red. There are a few reptiles that have a bit of red on them, but the species that sport this vibrant color over all or most of their bodies are pretty much are all birds.

Here are seven of the most cheerily red birds that might show up in your backyard or community.

Click on their names to learn more about them, and hare your sightings and photos of red birds in the comments section below!

Pine Grosbeak

Pine Grosbeak by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant David Halgrimson.

Pine Grosbeak by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant David Halgrimson.

Northern Cardinal

Cardinal by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Bob Schlake.

Cardinal by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Bob Schlake.

Summer Tanager

Summer tanager by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant John Bomar Jr.

Summer tanager by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant John Bomar Jr.

Purple Finch

Purple finch by Rick Derevan on Flickr.

Purple finch by Rick Derevan on Flickr.

Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermillion flycatcher by Carol Foil on Flickr.

Vermilion flycatcher by Carol Foil on Flickr.

Scarlet Ibis

Red Crossbill

Red crossbill by Warren Lynn on Flickr.

Red crossbill by Warren Lynn on Flickr.

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