15 Types Of Yellow Birds (With Photos)

The most prevalent hue for bird feathers is yellow. From dull to bright, pale to vibrant, and everything in between. We’ll take a look at 15 different types of yellow birds in North America in this article. There are a variety of yellow birds on this list, from insect-eaters to seed-eaters who visit your bird feeder on a regular basis.


We can’t list all of the birds that have yellow in their plumage throughout the year. As a result, we picked 15 of our favorite birds from a variety of species and groups. Flycatchers, kingbirds, warblers, orioles, and tanagers are among the birds that have yellow feathers prominently.


Scientific name: Spinus tristis

The American Goldfinch is a seed-eating bird that will take advantage of your backyard bird feeders, and it is possibly the most well-known yellow birds in the United States. The male is distinguished by its brilliant yellow body, black wings, and black hat. With a yellow head and a taupe and brown body, females are more subtly colored.

They molt throughout the winter and turn bright again in the spring, becoming a much more muted olive-yellow color. They can be found all over the United States. In the Gulf, as well as southern Canada and Mexico.


Scientific name: Piranga ludoviciana

It’s impossible to miss the Western Tanager. The head of males is flame colored, and the belly, neck, and tail are bright yellow. Females are lighter and have a duller head. Insects, flower nectar, and fruit are all part of their diet. From their winter quarters in Central America and Mexico to their summer breeding quarters in the western United States and Canada, these tanagers travel a considerable distance.


Scientific name: Setophaga discolor

Except for the grasslands, the Prairie Warbler can be found everywhere. In the southeastern United States, this yellow songbird prefers to spend the summer in young woodlands and thick, impassable brush. In Florida, a distinct population lives all year.

The head, neck, and belly of adult Prairie Warblers are yellow. The two strong black stripes across the eyes of males stand out. Gray stripes around the eye and soft dusky gray wings characterize female coloring, which is gentler and more muted. Although males may have multiple partners, both clutches’ offspring are raised by them.


Scientific name: Icterus parisorum

In the United States, the bright and gorgeous Scott’s Oriole may be seen. Southwest and Mexico are also part of the group. They like yucca plants, pinyon pine, juniper, and agave, to name a few places where they nest. Scott’s Orioles are accomplished insect predators, straining high and low to detect them, hanging upside down to reach small spaces.

They will visit backyard feeders, as do other orioles, with nectar, fruits, or jelly. The male has a bright yellow body and black wings. The whole female is a drab yellow, with gray wings.

The Baltimore Oriole, Orchard Oriole, and Hooded Oriole are examples of oriole species in which males are orange and black, but females are dull yellow.


Scientific name: Setophaga petechia

Throughout the summer, the Yellow Warbler may be found across much of northern America, from Canada to Texas. Most of Canada, for example. The males and females have a spherical, black eye and are yellow all over. On their breast, males have a few rusty streaks. They are naturally insect eaters and prefer caterpillars as their main source of nutrition. Edge habitats such as thickets near streams, gardens, and swamps are favored by yellow warblers.

Their nests, which are open and frequently parasitized by cowbirds, are easily spotted. Yellow Warblers will lay additional eggs and create a new floor to accommodate to the invading eggs. For around two weeks, both parents help to rear the chicks.


Scientific name: Sturnella neglecta (Western), Sturnella magna (Eastern)

Meadowlarks have a brilliant yellow face, neck, and belly that contrasts with their gray and brown speckled back. The Mississippi River separates the two separate species, Eastern Meadowlark and Western Meadowlark, which appear to be interchangeable. Open meadows, grasslands, pastures, and empty fields are preferred habitats for both species. They’ve been known to sing from fence posts, for example.

The song is one method to differentiate them. The deep, rich notes and sounds of Western Meadowlark invoke a burbling stream. They are varied in tone and sound. The call of the eastern Meadowlark is a clear whistle with no gurgling. They sing with a higher range of voices and include more high-pitched songs.


Scientific name: Setophaga virens

Another warbler that lives in coniferous woods is the Black-throated Green Warbler, which is also an evergreen lover. The coniferous forests of southern Canada and the American Northeast are home to these insect-eating insects. Caterpillars are one of their favorite foods, but in the winter, they also eat berries.

Males and femen collaborate to construct a nest out of grass, twigs, and weeds. The home is well-built and normally sits adjacent to a tree trunk in a nook formed by a tree branch. The chicks are also looked after by both parents, who split up their responsibilities.


Scientific name: Vermivora cyanoptera

The Blue-winged Warbler is virtually completely yellow, despite the fact that its mostly gray wings have a little blue tint. The Blue-winged Warbler is one of the brightest-yellow warblers in North America, with a yellow head, chest, belly, and underside that extends from its yellow head down to its yellow chest.

In the eastern Midwest, particularly Ohio, Pennsylvania, and western Kentucky, these warblers prefer successional field habitats. The female makes nests out of bark, leaves, and animal hair, which are shaped like a cone.


Scientific name: Tyrannus verticalis

A Western Kingbird may be a common sight in your area if you live in the western United States. These flycatchers are sociable and brave. They wait for the optimum moment to attack their bug prey perched on fences or bushes.

They have a robin-like appearance in terms of body shape, but their coloration is totally distinct. The Western Kingbird’s wings have a light yellow belly and underside. Their head is gray, and their wings are brown, with a yellowish-green wash on the upper back.

There are several species of flycatchers found across North America. They have a gray and brown head and body, with a brilliant yellow on the chest and belly. They have a large number of them with similar coloring. Nutting’s Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Yucatan Flycatcher, Great Crested Flycatcher, and Brown-crested Flycatcher are some of the species mentioned above.

Human infrastructure is well-suited for Western Kingbirds. They tend to their young in noisy, human-inundated urban areas, where they construct nests in the nooks and crannies of telephone poles.


Scientific name: Motacilla tschutschensis

The Eastern Yellow Wagtail, which is native to northern Alaska, is a ground-foraging walker. It generally feeds on insects it gathers from shallow water, however it may leap to capture flying insects. They prefer to live near bodies of water, since they can feast on a wide variety of insects.

Ground-nesting birds like the Eastern Yellow Wagtail. The female attempts to conceal her nest beneath shrubbery while constructing it alone. Grass, lichens, and moss are frequently used to weave it together. Feathers or soft materials are also used to line it.


This loud, gregarious finch is common at your feeder during the winter, especially. Grosbeaks may be found throughout Canada and in the United States’ far northern regions. Place out sunflower seeds, the Evening Grosbeak’s favorite snack, to attract it. These birds have a very strong beak and can easily crack open tough seeds, so don’t worry about sticking to small seeds.

Above its eyes and beak, you’ll notice a yellow eyepatch. On its back, belly, and underside, the rich brown head transitions to a golden yellow color. Females are generally gray with a yellow tinge, however males have this brilliant yellow coloration.


Scientific name: Protonotaria citrea

The Prothonotary Warbler is another warbler with a lot of bright yellow. While males are brighter, both sexes have a yellow head and body with gray wings. These warblers may be seen in the summer in the southeastern United States, before heading south for the winter.

Wooded swamps, flooded forests, and woods near streams, lakes, and rivers are where Prothonotary Warblers prefer to be found near water. They prefer to nest in tree holes and may utilize abandoned excavations made by chickadees and woodpeckers, unlike most other warblers.


Scientific name: Icterus mesomelas

We are familiar with some oriole species, but not this one. Both male and female Yellow-tailed Orioles have the same plumage, which makes them appear to be quite different. With a black face and black wings with yellow epaulets, they have brilliant yellow bodies and a yellow “hood.”

By geography, there are four subspecies. The only species in North America, the I.m.mesomelas subspecies lives in southern Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula.


Scientific name: Piranga rubra 

The female Summer Tanager is completely yellow, whereas the male ends up on our list of red birds. Bees and wasps, as well as other insects such as siders, cicadas, grasshoppers, and beetles are among the foods of this species. Fruit, such as berries and bananas, is also a favorite of tanagers.

In the eastern United States, south of the Great Lakes, and in California, Arizona, and New Mexico, find Summer Tanagers.

Several North American tanagers, such as the Hepatic Tanager, Scarlet Tanager, Flame-colored Tanager, and Red-throated Ant-Tanager, exhibit a similar pattern of sexual dimorphism with males being red and females being yellow.


Scientific name: Vireo flavifrons

The Yellow-throated vireo prefers shaded woodland and semi-shaded woodland, as well as areas beside highways and streams. They prefer to breed among the abundant leaves of oak trees, where they can blend in. It is difficult to detect since it is such a bashful yellow creature.

During the breeding season, male Yellow-throated vireos sing to keep it away from other males who may want to take it. The nest is built by both sexes, who disguise it with moss and grass foliage. Vireos can be found in the eastern United States throughout the spring and summer.

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