41 Yellow Colored Birds You Can See in the Outdoors (Pictures)

Here is list of 41 yellow birds that are commonly seen:

Goldfinch is a medium-sized seed-eating bird that dominates most climates of the world. They are popular and widely spread in Europe, parts of Africa, America, and Australia.

Goldfinch birds are shy birds. So, you need to gently get to a good viewing point in case you spot them somewhere. They have a cool flash of the yellow line on their wings as shown in picture at top of page. Also, they are relatively small birds measuring a mere 13 cm in length. Goldfinch usually spends their time in large groups.

Among the smallest birds in the world of birds, Firecrest is a rare bird that loves creating homes under shades. They dominate evergreen forests where they make nests under the comfort of these big shades.

You should not confuse Firecrest with Goldcrest. The former is tiny and has a distinctive yellow and black stripe on the head region. They are also difficult to spot. Zoologists usually attract them with meal works when carrying out research.


American Goldfinch

The male has a yellow head, wings and back. The female is mostly olive-brown on her back although she too will have the yellow coloring on her head. They only eat vegetables.


Yellow Warbler

This brightly colored yellow bird is about 4.5 inches long. It’s belly, chin and undertail coverts are all white. The wings are bright yellow with two black stripes across them, and upper parts have a slight greenish tinge, and their tails are greenish yellow.


Yellow-rumped Warbler

This warbler is mostly yellow but it also has greenish-black upperparts that do not have any white, grey or buff markings on them. Its rump and under tail coverts are bright yellow like its throat, breast and belly area.

The Yellow-rumped Warbler varying in color depending on the current season. In summer, both the female and male are gray with a blaze of white in the wings, yellow on the face, and the sides. In winter, they are pale brown with sunny yellow rump and some yellow on the edges.

They are about 12-14 centimeters in length, weigh 12-13grams, and their wingspan is about 19-23 cm in length.

The travel in large flocks and are primarily spotted in fall. The Yellow-rumped Warbler is the first Warbler of its type to eat waxes set up in bayberries and myrtles. They eat insects like caterpillars, beetles, weevils, ants, grasshoppers, caddisflies, craneflies, and gnats, spiders.


Prothonotary Warbler

The male of this species has a bright yellow head and neck, dark eye patches and a black line that goes from behind its eyes to the back of its head. The rest of this birds body is mostly olive-green with a white belly. They eat aquatic insects, spiders, seeds, and snails.


Rusty Blackbird – Females have brown backs but their heads, necks and under parts are yellow except for the flanks which have a rusty color.

Predators include snakes, raccoons, opossums, squirrels and other rodents, crows and blue jays along with some hawks, eagles, and falcons. A smaller predator is a cowbird who lays its eggs in other birds nests.


Female Summer Tanager

This bird only eats insects and other small invertebrates. If you have a pond or a marsh nearby, make sure to leave some fish in there! The Tanager will eat them as well as the fish eggs and larvae living in the water.

One of their predators is the Great Horned Owl. This bird has been seen preying on flocks of yellow warblers who build their nests on or near the ground.

The Rusty Blackbird mostly lives in forests during the summer months but then migrates south since it’s winter time when these birds are nesting. Sometimes these birds will even come down into southern Canada for food during the winter.


Western Tanager

The male is orange with black wings while the female’s are mostly olive-green. Both genders have a yellow head but it will be more of an orange-yellow color on the males and duller (almost gold) color on the female.


Yellow-Headed Blackbird

This bird’s head is mostly yellow which will make it look like a male but it also has a black bill, face and feet. Its back, wings and tail area are all black too. It has a brown under body except for its white belly!

They are larger and dominant to the red-winged blackbirds.


White-eyed Vireo

The White-eyed Vireo is famous for its musical nature as they sing all day to let you know they are around. They are small with a thick, straight, slightly hooked bill. The bird’s body is compact with a thick neck giving it a trim look. However, they are larger than the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher but smaller than the Tufted Titmouse.

The birds wear a yellow shade around the eyes and a gray head, and two white wing bars on the sides. The birds are still young; they have a dark eye that changes in color as they develop.

White-eyed Vireo moves in short hops, looking for insects. They tend to stay hidden in the understory. They are primarily found in deciduous scrubs, old fields, streamlined thickets, and overgrown pastures.


Orange-crowned Warbler

This warbler only eats insects.

The name orange comes from the slight shade of orange that the bird gets when excited and raises its feathers. They have a wingspan of 7 inches.

They have a slim shape, a sharp-pointed bill, and a yellow color under the tail. The birds occasionally visit the feeders to eat peanuts, sugar water, or suet.



The starling is black with yellow beak and legs. It has the ability to mimic other birds’ songs, which can help give it an advantage in mating season.

The starling was introduced from Asia and northern Africa into western Europe and then into North America. So there are now multiple populations of these birds that live all over the world! Scientists believe that the introduction of the European starlings may have altered the migration habits of many native North American bird species because they compete for nesting spots and food sources.

Since their wings allow them to fly great distances, they travel about 10 miles per day to find food. They are considered omnivorous because they eat mostly insects, but also some plants, fruits and grubs.


Silver-eared Mesia

Mesia bird belongs to the badder family Timaliidae. The bird is found in Pakistan through the Indochinese peninsula. It has five shades; olive above and yellow, a black crown, the ear has silver patches, and the tail is crimson. It feeds on berries, and insects. It travels a group of six to thirty birds in search of food and migration.

The silver-eared Mesia bird prefers more extraordinary places such as tropical moist forests and plantations. This is because they feed on insects, and such places are excellent habitats for insects. They also feed on wild fruits found in the bushes. The different species of the bird maintain bright colors with only a slightly different variation.


Evening Grosbeak

The Evening Grosbeak is commonly found in the northern coniferous forest. The bird is associated with the winter season as it is mainly spotted when the northern flocks of birds take their leave from their northern breeding grounds in sort of food in the south. The male bird is yellow with a dusky head and a hefty bill and fierce eyebrow stripe, while the female has golden highlights with some spots being grey.

Evening Grosbeak is significant, and they have a thick neck, short tail, and heavy finches. They are social birds as they’re primarily found in flocks. They also search treetops for insect larvae in summer, small fruits in winter, and buds in spring. This type of bird is in three distinct spices, with each having its call note.



The common house sparrow is about 4 inches long. It has pale brown upper parts with dark streaks on the head and neck, a buff throat, white cheeks patch , brown wings with two distinct bars, yellow legs and a black tail. Their beaks are pinkish-grey with some darker areas near the tip of the lower mandible. The house sparrows have gray faces with black stripes above their eye sockets. Their call is described as “chirrup” or “te”.

They are found all over the world. They are native to northern Africa, Europe and parts of western Asia.

They can fly at the speed of 24 miles per hour. The main predators of sparrows are dogs, cats, foxes and snakes . They live for 5 years in the wild.

Sparrows eat insects, snails, weed seeds, cereal grains (wheat, barley), fruits (apples), oats, rice and corn along with wild berries, nuts and nectar from flowers.


Wilson’s Warbler

Wilson’s Warbler is one of the tinniest warblers with long thin tails and thin bills. They are bright yellow on the lower body and a yellowish shade on the upper body. The male Wilson’s Warbler has a distinct black cap.

The Wilson’s Warbler flits aimlessly between perches and makes direct flights with rapid wing flips. They spend most of their time in the understory hunting insects.


Magnolia Warbler

The Magnolia Warbler is a small songbird with a narrow tail. The male Magnolia Warbler has a black mask and a black streaking that radiates from the black neckband. The males are also gray and black on the upper body, while the females have a gray head with white eyes.

They are often spotted low in the understory, picking at insects. They are social birds as, during migration, they forage with other warblers. The Magnolia Warbler bleed in small conifers, specifically the spruces.


Baltimore orioles

This bird is mostly dark with a rusty colored head and wings. Its beak, throat and belly area are mostly yellow but its back is black except for the lower part which has some white spots on it! Their legs and feet are also black.

The oriole’s camouflage helps them hide from their predators during the spring and summer months when they’re nesting around tree branches, tree trunks or from under bushes! This bird lives in forests so birds of prey aren’t likely to find them there.

Their song sounds like a whistled “OOOOOOhhh – OOOohhhh.” It’ll also make more of a chirping noise when trying to attract a mate during breeding season. The males tend to sing this song more often than the females though!


Upland Sandpiper – These yellow birds will mostly be found around river areas, marshes and lakes since they eat small insects and fish that live in these kinds of environments. They usually have a brown body with a black head and neck area while also having some white on their face or chest area. Upland sandpipers migrate to South America for the winter months.

The American Goldfinch is one of the most colorful birds out there! It has a bright yellow head from its forehead all the way down to its chin where it shows off its black markings throughout this area of its face. Its back is black while its wings and tail area are a mix of yellow and black feathers. Its under body will be mostly white with some streaks of yellow but sometimes it’ll be light brown.


Lesser Goldfinch

Lesser Goldfinch is small birds with colorful birds mostly spotted in scrubby oak and within the western United States. Occasionally, they are spotted visiting Suburban yards in search of seeds and water. They feed on seeds that belong to the sunflower family.

The birds are tiny, almost the American Goldfinch’s size, with long, pointed wings and a short tail. They are famous for their melodious singing hence referred to as songbirds. The male lesser is bright yellow with a glossy back cap with white patches on the wing. The female and the younglings lesser have olive backs with dull yellow underpants and white wings, which have two whitish spots.

The lesser Goldfinch are social birds as they gather in groups of up to hundreds. It is easy to spot the flock mixed with other bird species.

The feeding grounds of the lesser Goldfinch are mostly the weedy fields, budding treetops, and open fields where they also live. However, their stay is determined by the food availability as, at times, they may be spotted on mountain canyons and desert oases.

The male lesser differ in color from different regions. Those from eastern in the United States have black backs while those from the southwest and west of the United States have greenbacks. The female species have the same appearance throughout the different places.

Bill – This bird has a grayish-blue head that goes into a pinkish chest area. It also has a blue bill, legs and feet except for the lower part which is yellow. Sometimes it has orange on its back too especially when breeding time comes around!


Blue-and-yellow Tanager

The Blue-and-yellow Tanager bird belongs to the Thaupidae family, the tanagers. The bird is also referred to as Pipraeidea bonariensis. It is mainly spotted in Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, Andean Peru, and Ecuador.

The birds are migrants in nature as some Sothern region birds migrate into the northern sides in austral winter hence towards eastern Bolivia and some areas of northeastern Argentina.

The birds’ natural habitat is the tropical or subtropical dry forest, high-altitude shrubland, and moist lowland forests and mountains.

The male Blue-and-yellow Tanager of the eastern nominate group has a black back, and those from the western Darwinian have a greenback. The females and younglings across the different regions are plain brownish plumage the whole body.


Yellow Cardinal

The yellow Cardinal, also known as the Gubernatrix crista, belongs to the tanager family Thraupidae, a species of the South American bird. It is the only existing member of the genus, Gubernatrix. The birds are primarily spotted in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, and Paraguay.

The Yellow Cardinal like to live in dry savanna, tropical and subtropical moist shrubland, and temperate grassland. The general population of the bird is about one thousand to two thousand, making it an endangered bird.

This bird species has a striking yellow with a pointed black crest. The male Yellow Cardinal has a yellow eyebrow and moustachial stripes, while the female has a white moustacial strip with grayish breasts and cheeks.

Yellow Cardinals mainly feed on safflower seeds, white milo, and black oil sunflower, peanuts, cracked corn, and berries.


Yellow-faced Siskin

Yellow-faced Siskin, also known as the Spinus yarrelli, belongs to the finch species’ Fringillidae family. They are primarily spotted in Brazil and Venezuela. They like to live in subtropical mountains, tropical dry scrubland, plantations, or urban areas.

The yellow-faced Siskin is a caged bird that has increased its population as sold in the local markets. The male yellow-faced Siskin has brighter spotting plumage as compared to the females, which are less bright.

This bird type primarily feeds on fruits from the wild and wilds plant seeds. Yellow-faced Siskin is a non-migratory bird and stays in groups. When a youngling is grown, it migrates to a different location to start its flocks but is within the feeding grounds of the rest of the flock.


Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker belongs to the woodpecker’s family of birds. They have a reasonably small body with straight bills and long wings extended halfway to the tip of the stiff. They are primarily black with a white pattern around the face. Both the male and female have red throats.

The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker perch upright on trees leaning on its tails which is one of the bird’s behaviors that can distinguish it from other birds. They feed at sap wells along with insects. The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker lives in hardwood and conifer forests that are about 6,500 feet high.


Common Yellowthroat

The Common Yellowthroat are among the smallest birds with a chunky, rounded head and a slightly rounded tail. The male Common Yellowthroat is shouting-yellow bellow with a black face mask with the olive upper body. They have a shrill whitish line that sets off the black mask from the head to the neck.

The birds are mostly spotted skulking low on the ground in dense and thick fields. The male Common Yellowthroat has a distinct singing. The bird mainly feeds on small insects and spiders on the ground. They love to live in exposed areas with dense low undergrowth that ranges from marshland to grassland.

Eastern Meadowlark

The adult’s most prominent color is its bright reddish-orange breast and face area with some black on its crown, wings and tail area. Chunky medium-sized songbird with spear-shaped bills. However, when you see this bird in an open grassland setting then you’ll really notice the black spots on its back and the yellow color underneath those black spots.

They mostly walk on the ground, which has grasses and crops. The male Eastern Meadowlark is known for its melodic singing, distinguishing it from the rest of the flock. Their flight has a distinctive sequence of rapid fluttering and short glides, making it quickly noticed as they fly low on the ground.


Western Meadowlark

Western Meadowlark is one of the birds whose melody can brighten up one’s day. They are rarely seen but often heard. They are almost the size of an American Robin, measuring 16-26cm in length, 89-115g in weight, and a wingspan of 41cm.

The underparts of the bird are yellow with a patterned brown back. It has a black v that crosses the yellow breast. During winter, the bird changes its color to gray.

The Western Meadowlark is spotted foraging on the ground, and during winter, they move in small flocks. They seek habitat in wide-open spaces with natural grasslands and farming fields.


Western Kingbird

Western Kingbirds are primarily spotted in the summertime across western North America. The birds are known for migrating in fall along with the East coast in between Florida and Newfoundland.

Western kingbirds are relatively big birds with giant heads and broad shoulders. They have a conventional bill, elongated wings, and a medium-length tilted tail. They measure 20-24 cm in length, 37-46g in weight, and 38-41cm wingspan.

They are grey-headed with a yellow stomach. The chest and the throat are almost whitish. They are easily found in perched upright fences and utility lines. They feed on insects and pick their prey on air or the ground. They are protective birds s they ferociously defend their territories through wing-fluttering, which is highly vocal.

Western Kingbird line in open habitats. They prefer to habitat in valleys and lowlands such as agricultural fields, deserts, and open woodlands.

Cedar Waxwing

The Cedar Waxwing bird is a medium-sized bird compared to the rest of the bird families. It has a large head, a short neck, and a short comprehensive bill. The Cedar Waxwing has a flat crest the hangs over the back of the head. It also has a short fairy tail.

Cedar Waxwing has a pale brown head and chest; the bird’s belly is pale yellow. They are primarily social birds as they are seen in flocks throughout the year. They feed on berries and insects. The Cedar Waxwing love to live in woodlands of all kinds.


Great Crested Flycatcher

The Great Crested Flycatcher is a giant bird in their family with long and lean proportions. They have a robust build, broad shoulders, and large heads. They have a reasonably broad bill and a long tail. They are reddish-brown at the top, with a brownish-gray head. The belly is bright lemon-yellow, with the upperpart’s being rufous-orange.

The Great Crested Flycatcher is not like most other birds as they sit and wait for predators at the top of trees. They feed on giant insects. They live in woodlots and open woodland, mainly in the deciduous trees.


Upland sandpiper

This bird will mostly be found around river areas, marshes and lakes since they eat small insects and fish that live in these kinds of environments. They usually have a brown body with a black head and neck area while also having some white on their face or chest area. Upland sandpipers migrate to South America for the winter months where they’ll spend their time eating crabs, shrimps, and beetles.



Yellowhammers are primarily seed and grain-eaters. Additionally, they feed on blackberries. Their numbers have drastically reduced in recent years owing to food shortages, predation, and human influences. They have been listed among the most endangered species of birds.

Most parts of a yellowhammer bird are covered with yellow feathers through the yellow color diminishes towards the tail.


Great Tit

The Great tit is the largest of its birds. They prefer woodland areas for their habitat. They are also spotted, occasionally, in gardens around homes. The Great Tit is easily identifiable with a yellow flash on their breast. On their heads, they have a black cap and a green cape.

The Blue Tit, on the other hand, is much smaller and less aggressive. It has maintained the top list as one of the most loved birds on the globe. It is easy to spot The Blue Tit owing to its dazzling appearance and a blue cap. Both the Blue and yellow tits feed primarily on seeds, mealworms, and peanuts.


Yellow Wagtail

As the name suggests, the Yellow Wagtail bird has a dominant yellow plumage. Its feathers are soft and buttery making it one of the finest yellow birds. Their habitats have been destroyed from time immemorial resulting in a dramatic reduction of their populations. Their favorite nesting grounds include fields, grasslands, and meadows.



Chiffchaff is a beautiful tiny species of bird stemming from the warbler family. A unique bobbing tail gives it a distinctive appearance. Its eyes are stripped in yellow. Measuring barely 11 cm, the Chiffchaff birds fall on the list of the smallest birds. It feeds on insects and is usually spotted when worms come out in the mornings and evenings.


Cirl Bunting

Cirl Bunting has a striking resemblance with the Yellowhammer. Researchers note that they once existed in large numbers. Sadly, they were almost completely wiped out when the land was cleared to create room for the human population. However, positive land management efforts have seen a recession in their numbers. The beautiful bird now has hope of maneuvering the world again.


Gold Oriole

Everyone who has listened to the beautiful dawn song of the famous Gold Oriole bird can relate to that experience. Covered in a clear yellow plumage, they feed on both insects and berries. They are ideally a group of passing migrants of birds and are, therefore, seen seasonally. Gold Oriole migration is chiefly determined by fruiting seasons. They love making nests on Poplar Trees near water bodies.

Due to their large populations, Gold Oriel birds have not suffered much down through the years. They have a high breeding rate which has immensely helped in maintaining their large numbers throughout generations.



Siskin is another unique yellow bird from the Finch family. Of all species of birds, males are usually more brightly colored than females. This is a biological characteristic used by males to attract females for mating. Siskin has a green and yellow striped body part. The bib and create is dominantly black.

Its upper body is green whereas the underparts are blended with a yellow and grey streak of thick plumage. The males are usually bright yellow while the females have grey heads. Young siskin is also greyish on the head regions like the females.


Wood Warbler

One of the largest species of the Wabler family, the wood warbler dominantly inhabits deciduous forests. They have a lot of preference for Oak woods. Almost Wood Wobbler’s entire body is covered in a yellow plumage. A large number of them have suffered adverse consequences of the seemingly imbalanced ecosystem. Wood warbler can be identified with ease. They have a unique yellow throat region and a green and white blend at the top and belly respectively. It is larger than the Chiffchaff and willow warbler.

The Palm Warbler is a yellowish bird found in Minnesota.

Zoologists and researchers use color as a primary factor to identify and classify birds. While it remains a big challenge to access some birds deep in uncharted jangles, previous works have borne fruits and more than 99% of birds have now been classified. It has enhanced easy identification.


A smooth way of getting a closer look at the birds is to attract them to your yard. You can do so by simply feeding them. Many bird-watchers use bird-feeders in their yard to watch the birds feasting. Bird food comes with different nutrients and ingredients. One certain bird food might be edible for some while not edible to another species. Therefore, one can research the kind of birds active in its particular area and what feed they usually take. Based on that, you can create your custom bird feed that might attract the birds from your neighborhood.

Another way to attract birds to your house would be to take care of your lawn and make it eco-friendly for the birds. Mow the lawn timely, get rid of any pollutants, plant local flowers and miss out on using pesticides as bugs also attract birds to feed on them. A water sprinkle or a little tub invites birds to take a bath, especially during summer.


  • Take care of the habitat

A good bird-watcher understands the importance of conserving the natural habitat of animals. Disturbing a bird’s nest may force parents to abandon the breeding ground and fly away. This will leave the chicks unattended, hungry, and at the mercy of predators. Therefore, don’t stay near a nest for too long and instead pass by quietly.

Secondly, don’t litter in the wild, avoid smoking or burning anything, don’t try to harm any tree, and lastly, don’t make any loud noises. Remember, we are a guest at someone’s house so respect their privacy.


  • Wake up early morning

Birds are most active at dawn. It’s common that you wake up in the morning and the first thing you hear is birds chirping. At first, it was believed that birds wake up early morning to look for food. However, new theories suggest that early morning birds are mostly males and their chirping is actually a melodious call to attract females and ward off other males from their respective territories.

The melodious and sweet chirping will make you love birds more. Afternoon, it is least expected to find birds so to have a good session, become a morning person.



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