"Female is dull." This phrase often follows the description of the male cardinal as being "brilliant." I describe the color as more warm and muted. And I happen to think females cardinals are every bit as beautiful, if not as flashy, as the males.
This female cardinal visits me quite often. While the other cardinals are rather skittish, she is happy to share the deck with me. I call her Lady Jane. She is a bit more gray than some and she doesn't have much of a buffy underside.
Here is Lady Jane on a misty morning. Isn't she lovely?