State Bird adopted in 1933. The Cardinal is the state bird of Indiana. The male is bright red in color, with the female being brownish with a dull red crest, wings, and tail. They live in Indiana year round and nest in thickets of brambles, or in low saplings. Its rich, cheery song is welcome to Hoosiers. The Cardinal is one of few species of birds that can weather Indiana winters. Seven states have chosen the Cardinal as their state bird.