Identifying Mostly Yellow-Colored Birds
There are few mostly-yellow birds in the yard. For most of us, American Goldfinches are the only truly yellow visitors, enjoying nyjer (thistle) seed and black-oil sunflower seed offered up in feeders. Some bird species in the yard, however, include those whose females are yellowish, or yellowish-green. Those include female Summer Tanagers and female Scarlet Tanagers
Male American Goldfinches (left) surely rank as some of the brightest birds in the yard, but they're gold on in summer.
Females even in summer (below left) are never gold, and wintertime goldfinches should probably be called "olive goldfinches."
Male American Goldfinches look really splotchy in early fall (below) when they begin their fall molt into winter plumage.
Note, too, that American Goldfinches change their bill color from bright pinkish-orange in summer to drab beige in winter--quite a feat!
While American Goldfinches stay with most of us year-round, they are unlikely the same goldfinches year-round.
To learn find out why American Goldfinches are the last birds to nest, where they nest, the surprising material they use to build their nests, why they change their color, and how they change their bill color, check their complete profile in Birds in the Yard Month by Month: What's There and Why, and How to Attract Those That Aren't.
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Females of at least four other species are also yellowish or greenish-yellow:
female Summer Tanager (below left) and
female Scarlet Tanager,
female Baltimore Oriole (bottom left), and
female Orchard Oriole (bottom right).
In addition, the nonbreeding male Scarlet Tanager (below right) looks very much like his female counterpart except that his wings are darker than the female's.
To read more about these amazing yellow birds in the yard, why we see them only in summer, where they go in winter, and how they know the way there and back, check out Birds in the Yard Month by Month: What's There and Why, and How to Attract Those That Aren't.
Click here to read the book's introduction and to get information about where to find it.