illustration of a cardinal on a branch
Virginia approved stamp art

Illustrators: Arthur and Alan Singer

The Cardinal, also known as the Northern Cardinal, has been the Virginia state bird since 1950 and is the official bird of six other states. The Cardinal eats insects and a variety of seeds, such as sunflower seeds, and berries produced by the flowers of the Dogwood tree during the spring.

Courtesy United States Postal Service, Postmaster General's Collection