And now for the good news: the cardinal is not endangered. It is, in fact, steadily expanding its range, and it couldn't happen to a nicer bird. Robed and capped like a prince of the church, whence cometh his name, the male is a prince of the perch. A faithful and attentive husband, he is protector, provider and pal to his brood - is this bird for real? Wait, there's more! All year, he sings on cue, cue, cue, calling his bride purty, purty, purty, spreading cheer, cheer, cheer.