The Northern Cardinal is a member of the family Emberizidae which includes Grosbeaks, Sparrows and Buntings. The male Cardinal is highly recognizable with his bright red body, black throat and crest. The female is much duller in color, usually gray, but she still has touches of red on her wings and crest.
The Cardinal is common in hedgerows, wood margins and suburban areas. The ones that live in my area of the country do not seem to migrate in the winter, they are at my feeder all year long.