29 BEAUTIFUL YELLOW BIRDS YOU HAVE TO SEE

There are a lot of beautiful birds that have a yellow color in their plumage, or feathers. Below is a list of 29 beautiful birds that have yellow colors with pictures. These birds belong to different species, and groups of birds living all over the world.

1. Baltimore Oriole

The Baltimore Oriole bird is scientifically called Icterus galbula. This small-sized bird is from the icterid family of birds, known for its bright colors. Like most of the other members of their family, this species also has a bright yellow color and black color in its feathers. The whole belly area of this bird is yellow, while the black, white, and brown color can be seen in patterns over its wings, and back.

The head of the Baltimore Oriole is black in males and yellowish in females. The females also have less bright colors in their plumage as compared to the males. The body dimensions of the female Baltimore oriole are also shorter than the male. That makes them easy to identify separately.

2. Western Tanager

Western Tanager is a beautiful small size bird that is biologically also known as the Piranga ludoviciana. This small songbird is native to North America and belongs to the bird family known as the cardinals or Cardinalidae.

This bird has a beautiful black-brown back and wings. Under the wings, belly, and breasts of this bird have a yellow color. The females are different from the male in terms of feather colors. As they have duller olive-brown color spread over their entire body.

3. Yellow Oriole

The Yellow Oriole bird is biologically known as the Icterus nigrogularis, it is a new world oriole bird from the Icteridae. The Yellow Oriole is also native to North America. This bird also has a beautiful bright colored plumage. The feathers of the belly, back, and head are completely yellow. While the neck part has a black line that goes towards the center of the belly. The wings of the Yellow Oriole have black colored feathers, while they also have some white markings above them.

The color of the Female Oriole’s feathers is slightly different from the male feathers. The reason behind this change is the sexual dimorphism in the species. Apart from this difference in the feathers, females also have shorter body lengths and less weight.

4. Saffron Finch

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The Saffron Finch bird is also known as the Sicalis flaveola, is a small-sized bird from the Tanager family. The Saffron Finch bird is native to South America but is also seen in North America as well. This bird has beautiful saffron, yellow-colored feathers. It also has black and greenish shades in the wings and towards the belly. They also have an orange-colored crow over their heads.

Male and female Saffron Finch birds are different from one another as they show sexual dimorphism. The male’s body is slightly bigger, it has brighter colors, and it also has a crown above its head, while the female Saffron Finches are smaller, duller, and paler, and they also lack the crown above their heads.

5. Green Jay

The Green Jay is scientifically known as the Cyanocorax luxuosus, is native to North America. The Green Jay belongs to a bird family known as Corvidae or Jay family. Most of the feathers of the Green Jay have a green color, but under its wings, and around its belly and neck, there is an abundance of yellow-colored feathers. This also has yellow, blue, and black shades in their tail as well. The head of the bird is covered with blue color, while the neck has a round black ring around it.

The female Green jay is similar to the male in appearance, but they have slightly shorter body dimensions. The Green Jay is capable of adapting to the changing environmental conditions, and that is how they survived even after most of their natural habitat was destroyed due to forest clearing.

6. Gray Wagtail

The Gray Wagtail which is biologically known as the Motacilla cinerea is a small-sized bird from the Wagtail family. These birds are also native to North America. The upperparts, wings, and the back of this bird have blackish-brown feathers. While the underparts, belly, breasts have yellow-colored feathers. The upper parts of the head and face have dark brown to black color, while the part below the beak has a white color that fades along the neck.

Breeding males look slightly different from younger males and breeding females. This is because of sexual dimorphism in their species. The females are shorter, have more cylindrical bodies, have duller colors.

7. Bullock’s Oriole

The Bullock’s Oriole is biologically known as the Icterus bullockii, and it is a member of the New World Blackbird’s family. This beautiful bird has been named after the scientist “William Bullock”. The plumage of the Bullock’s Oriole bird contains, black, yellow, white feathers in males, while the female’s plumage also contains duller brown-to-black shade as well.

Male Bullock’s Oriole has a beautiful bright yellow color in underparts, back, and upperpart. The yellow shade is also present in the belly, breasts, and under the tail feathers. The black, and white markings can be seen over the wings and tail. The female is very different from the male’s as it has very dull brown, white and yellow colors mixed in its plumage.

8. Cape Weaver

The Cape Weaver bird which is also known as the Ploceus capensis is a small-sized yellow-colored beautiful bird from the South African bird family of Weavers. The male of this species has a bright yellow color, in its wings, back, underparts, and upperparts. Most of the plumage is covered with a yellow color, except the head that has a brownish-black crown. The face of the bird and neck is also blackish-brown.

This blackish brown color slowly fades into the yellow color. The females are duller in color, that is because of sexual dimorphism. This changes the appearance of the female and male when they reach the breeding age.

9. Golden Pheasant

The Golden Pheasants are also known as the Chrysolophus pictus and Chinese pheasant, and rainbow pheasant. This is a large size bird from the gamebird family. This bird has a large body and very large tail feathers. It has a multi-color appearance, as the male has red, black, yellow colors in its feathers.

The head of the bird has a black and yellow pattern that goes towards the neck and back of the bird. The female has different feather color, as it only has brown, black, and white colors in its plumage.

10. American Goldfinch

The American Goldfinch bird is also known as the Spinus tristis. This is a small size bird from the passerine bird family of Goldfinch. This is also native to North American regions. This bird has a bright yellow colored belly, breasts, rumps, and under the tail. Below the beak, and around the neck, is also yellow. While the head has a black crown that goes towards the beak.

Some feathers under the tail, and in the wings are white, while the upper part of the feathers and tail is blackish. The female American Goldfinches have slightly less bright colors. They have olive green and brownish shades instead of bright yellow and black.

11. Tennessee Warbler

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The Tennessee Warbler bird is also known as the Leiothlypis peregrina. This bird is native to North America. Tennessee Warbler is a small size bird and belongs to the new world warbler’s family. This bird has a beautiful olive-yellow plumage. Its back has olive-yellow coloring while the wings have blackish-brown feathers.

The head of the Tennessee Warbler also has an olive-yellow crown, while the part below the beak, neck, and breasts including the belly are gray-white. The females have different colors in their plumage, it is entirely olive-yellow but has a very dull shade in its feathers.

12. Common Yellowthroat

The Common Yellowthroat bird is also called Geothlypis trichas. The Common Yellowthroat bird as the name suggests has a yellow throat. Most of its plumage is covered with olive-green to olive-yellow color. The male Common Yellowthroat has a black strip over its eyes, above this black stripe, there is a white stripe that covers the eyes and back of the head as well.

The female lacks these black and white stripes and it only has a dull olive-green head. Also, the wings of the female are brownish instead of olive-green like the male. These changes are due to sexual dimorphism in their species.

13. Black-crested Bulbul

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The Black-crested Bulbul is a beautiful bird from the passerine songbird from the bulbul family. This bird is also known as the Rubigula flaviventris. The Black-crested Bulbul has a beautiful black crest above its head. The whole head is also covered with black feathers. Apart from this, the whole body of the Black-crested Bulbul is covered with multiple shades of yellow and green.

The female Black-crested Bulbul has slightly different color shades of yellow, it is also slightly shorter than the male. This bird lives in the denser parts of the Forests in the Indian Subcontinent.

14. American Yellow Warbler

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The American Yellow Warbler bird, also called Setophaga petechia, is a beautiful bird from the North American region. The American Yellow Warbler belongs to the new world warbler’s family. This bird has a bright-colored plumage.

The head, breasts, neck, and belly including the rumps of this bird are yellow while the wings have brownish spots. The breeding females have less bright colors and they also have short wings, body length, and less weight.

15. Golden-winged Warbler

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The Golden-winged Warbler bird is biologically known as the Vermivora chrysoptera. This species of warblers are native to North America. Its wings have golden marking and that is why it is called Golden-winged Warbler. Apart from this, the head of this bird also has a yellowish-golden shade.

It has a completely black eye-stripe apart from this, the neck below the beak is also black while the belly and breasts are grey. The female Golden-winged warblers do not have black markings around the eyes. They also have a less yellow color in their head and wings.

16. Black-and-yellow Tanager

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The Black-and-yellow Tanager bird, which is also known as the Chrysothlypis chrysomelas.  This bird has a completely black and yellow body. This small bird is a member of the Tanager family. Its eyes are black, head and neck are yellow, the entire back is also yellow while its wings are dark black.

The belly, breasts, and tail are also yellow while the feathers above the tail also have black color. The breeding male and female are different in terms of body shape, size, and color. This bird also eats small insects.

17. American Redstart

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The American Redstart bird, which is also known as the Setophaga ruticilla. The male in this species has very bright black, yellow and white colors. While the females do not have bright black color. The head, back, and wings of the American Redstart bird are black with yellow markings.

They have reddish-yellow marking below their wings and a white belly. Females also have a white belly, white head, and brown wings. The size of the female body is short as well. They show sexual dimorphism and can easily be identified.

18. Yellow-shoulder Grosbeak

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The Yellow-shouldered Grosbeak bird, which is also known as the Parkerthraustes humeralis. This is a small size bird from the Thraupidae family. It is known for its yellow shoulders. This bird has a yellow color on its shoulders, neck, and back of its wings. While this yellow color fades into a brown color towards the edges of the wings.

The head of the Yellow-shouldered Grosbeak has black and white strips over it. The female Yellow-shouldered Grosbeaks are slightly shorter, cylindrical, and carry less weight. The colors in the female plumage are also slightly dull.

19. Grassland Yellow Finch

The Grassland Yellow Finch bird which is a member of the finch’s family is also known as the Sicalis luteola. Grassland Yellow Finch bird is native to the Grasslands in North American regions. This beautiful bird has multiple shades of yellow and brown color in its feathers.

The back, belly, breasts, and head are all yellow, while the wings have black and brown patches over them. Female Grassland Yellow Finch birds have dull plumage colors and shorter bodies as compared to the male Grassland Yellow Finch birds.

20. Western Meadowlark

The Western Meadowlark bird, which is also known as the Sturnella neglecta. This bird has a very bright yellow color in the feathers of its belly and its back. Its plumage also has many other colors such as shades of brown, black, and green. The upperpart, wings, and back of the bird have small patterns of black, brown, white, and yellow.

The belly and breasts are completely covered with yellow feathers. They mostly eat small bugs. The Western Meadowlark females are also similar to the male but they have shorter body dimensions.

21. Yellow-breasted Chat

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The yellow-breasted Chat is a large size songbird also known as the Icteria virens. This bird is native to the woodlands of North America and belongs to the Icteridae family. This bird has brown, gray, white, and yellow feathers that cover its body.

The upperparts, wings, and back of the bird are covered with brown feathers, while the breasts are yellow and the belly part has gray feathers. The females are slightly shorter in the Yellow-breasted Chat species.

22. Connecticut Warbler

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The Connecticut Warbler is a small size bird which is also known as the Oporornis agilis. This belongs to the songbird family and is known for its olive-yellow plumage. This bird lives in the Connecticut State area, and that is why it is named after that State.

The upperpart, wings, and head of the Connecticut Warbler are greenish, while the belly and breast feathers have yellow shade. The wings give a brown and green shade. The female is also similar to the males but has slightly duller colors.

23. European Goldfinch

The European Goldfinch is also a member of the Finches family, is biologically known as the Carduelis carduelis. This bird has a multicolored plumage that includes red, brown, black, and yellow. The European Goldfinch is not completely yellow like the American Goldfinch, only its wings have yellow-colored feathers.

European Goldfinch has a brown, gray plumage mostly but its wings also have white, and black feathers as well. The female is slightly different from the males. The face of the females is less red as compared to the males. Not only this, but females also have a shorter body size.

24. Evening Grosbeak

The Evening Grosbeak bird is biologically called Hesperiphona vespertinus. This small passerine bird is a member of the finches’ family.  The Evening Grosbeak is native to North American woodlands. The male Evening Grosbeak has a very bright yellow coloring on its belly, breasts, back, and neck. Some part of the face from the downside is also yellowish. Eyes also have a yellow streak, while the head and upper part of the neck are brownish. Wings have yellow, white, and black colors in a wide pattern.

The feathers under the tail have a yellow color, while the upper feathers of the tail are blackish brown. The female Evening Grosbeak is different from the male, as it has very dull colors, including dull olive green instead of yellow and black color instead of brown. This makes it easy to identify the male and female Evening Grosbeak separately.

25. Silver-eared Mesia

This is a beautiful multi-colored bird. Silver-eared Mesia which is also known as the Leiothrix argentauris is a small size bird from South East Asia. This bird has a plumage that contains many bright colors including yellow, green, white, silver, blue, and black. Different parts of this bird are distinctly colored. The male Silver-eared Mesia have red rumps while the females have orange rumps.

This bird mostly lives in the wild woods and avoids visiting the human neighborhoods. The male and female of this species only have slightly different color distribution in their feathers apart from this, they look identical.

26. Lesser Goldfinch

The Lesser Goldfinch bird, which is also known as the Spinus psaltria. This bird is a member of the small songbird’s family Goldfinch. This is native to North American woodlands and farmlands. The Lesser Goldfinch has yellow-colored plumage. They also have black, white, and green in their upper body parts including wings, back, and back of the head.

Belly, breasts, and shoulders under the wings are yellow-colored. The female lesser Goldfinches are different from the males due to sexual dimorphism in their species. This makes it easy to identify the male and female separately by their colors.

27. Yellow-faced Siskin

The Yellow-faced Siskin bird, which is scientifically known as the Spinus yarrellii. This bird has a yellow face, black-head, yellow shoulders, yellow belly, and breasts. They have green, black and yellow patterns in their wings.

The tail of Yellow-faced Siskins also has black and yellow feathers combined. These birds are named after William Yarrell, a renowned ornithologist.

28. Yellow Cardinal

The Yellow Cardinal bird, which is biologically known as the Gubernatrix cristata. This beautiful bird has yellow, green, and black in its plumage. It has a crest of black color above its head, its face is olive green and yellow, while the part below the beak is black towards the neck.

The belly, tail, wings, and breasts all contain yellow feathers. There are multiple shades of yellow in their plumage. Females lack this multiple color look, most of their feathers are olive, green, yellow, and grey.

29. Blue-and-yellow Tanager

The Blue-and-yellow Tanager bird, which is also known as the Rauenia bonariensis. This bird has a unique and beautiful plumage. It contains blue and yellow in abundance in its feathers. They have a blue head, blue back, with the green patch, black and yellow wing feathers, while in the center near the tail, is a large yellow stripe.

The belly, breasts, and shoulders of the Blue-and-yellow Tanager are yellow. Breeding males and females look different from one another, due to sexual dimorphism. These are mostly found in the woodlands of North American States.