"The male Northern Cardinal is perhaps responsible for getting more people to open up a field guide than any other bird."
Found in backyard
I think an "Ugly Cardinal Contest" is in order.
See sambiology's observation:
Wish I had been taking photos of cardinals outside my kitchen window the past few evenings...
A male Northern Cardinal with the crest down.
The Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) is a North American bird in the genus Cardinalis; it is also known colloquially as the redbird or common cardinal. It can be found in southern Canada, through the eastern United States from Maine to Texas and south through Mexico. It is found in woodlands, gardens, shrublands, and swamps.