25 Small Yellow Birds You Should Know (2023)

25 Small Yellow Birds You Should Know (1)Courtesy Sara Wunderlich

American Goldfinch

“I photographed this male American goldfinch in my backyard in Foley, Minnesota. Goldfinches are the small yellow bird that made me fall in love with birdwatching!” says Sara Wunderlich. Here’s how to attract more goldfinches to your backyard.

25 Small Yellow Birds You Should Know (2)Courtesy Michelle Nyss

Yellow Warbler

“One of the things I love about Wisconsin is the variety of birds that come here during spring migration. Warblers are the a delight to see. These tiny little bright yellow warblers are beautiful and I could never get enough pictures of them,” says Michelle Nyss.

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25 Small Yellow Birds You Should Know (3)Courtesy Trisha Snider

Prothonotary Warbler

“It was a very nice surprise to see a prothonotary warbler this spring in Ontario. Normally I have to travel a ways to see this small yellow bird. This is one of my favorite warblers and a record to see in my area,” says Trisha Snider. Check out more spring warblers you should know.

25 Small Yellow Birds You Should Know (4)Courtesy William Palmer

Female Summer Tanager

“The female summer tanager visits our backyard for mealworms,” writes William Palmer. The female is a solid small yellow bird, in contrast to the red male. Discover 8 surprising facts about tanagers.

25 Small Yellow Birds You Should Know (5)Courtesy Sylvia Hooper

Western Tanager

“I took this photo of a western tanager in spring 2020. I had just purchased the birdbath and I am so glad I did! It captured the small yellow bird’s reflection perfectly. What a cutie!” says Sylvia Hooper.

25 Small Yellow Birds You Should Know (6)Courtesy Albert Myran

Yellow-Headed Blackbird

” I captured this shot of a yellow-headed blackbird in the reeds along the shore of Patterson Lake near Dickinson, North Dakota. I love to hear these yellow and black birds sing and see how the yellow head really shows up when I’m looking for them,” says Albert Myran. These pictures will change the way you look at black birds.

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25 Small Yellow Birds You Should Know (7)Larry Keller, Lititz Pa./Getty Images

Yellow-Throated Vireo

The bright yellow eye ring, throat, and breast of this vireo are distinctive. Its wings are dark gray, with two bold, white wing bars. Immature birds look similar to the adults, but are paler yellow.

25 Small Yellow Birds You Should Know (8)Courtesy Evelyn Johnson


“During summer, my husband and I visited Retzer Nature Center in Waukesha, Wisconsin. While walking on the beautiful hiking trails, an abundance of birds were singing, including this male dickcissel adorning this yellow flower,” says Evelyn Johnson. Learn about the top songbirds in America.

25 Small Yellow Birds You Should Know (9)Courtesy Nancy Tully

Evening Grosbeak

You can identify an evening grosbeak by its big greenish white beak, gray and gold feathers, and black-and-white wing pattern. Discover 5 grosbeaks backyard birders should know.

25 Small Yellow Birds You Should Know (10)Courtesy Janat Montag

Common Yellowthroat

“The bird of paradise plants were in full bloom while we were vacationing in San Diego in early December. While photographing hummingbirds that were taking advantage of the blooms, I noticed common yellowthroats also drinking the nectar,” says Janat Montag.

25 Small Yellow Birds You Should Know (11)Courtesy Dennis Rashe

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Wilson’s Warbler

“This was an exciting moment as I managed to capture a Wilson’s warbler trying to bring home a meal to its offspring. There were four mouths to feed!” says Dennis Rashe.

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Palm Warbler

“For the last two years, palm warblers have landed in the same Norway spruces about 15 feet from my patio. It’s so lucky because I had never seen this small yellow bird before!” says Trish Overton.

25 Small Yellow Birds You Should Know (13)Courtesy Nancy Tully

Magnolia Warbler

Nancy Tully shared this photo of a gorgeous magnolia warbler. This small bird has a vibrant yellow breast with a black “necklace” on its throat. Psst—we have warbler migration tips for every type of birder.

25 Small Yellow Birds You Should Know (14)Courtesy Andy Raupp

Nashville Warbler

“I saw. this acrobatic Nashville warbler hanging on my backyard cherry tree in spring. It’s special to me because I live in the suburbs and don’t often see migrating warblers in my yard,” says Andy Raupp of Elgin, Illinois.

25 Small Yellow Birds You Should Know (15)Courtesy Mark Benson

Pine Warbler

“I took this photo of a pine warbler in my backyard in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Pine warblers come to our suet feeder for just a few days every spring. After about 45 minutes of sitting perfectly still, I captured this gorgeous photo,” says Mark Benson.

25 Small Yellow Birds You Should Know (16)Courtesy Teresa McClung

Hooded Warbler

“Every spring my husband and I make a trip to Kanawha State Forest near Charleston, West Virginia, to look for migrating warblers. This year in April we took our usual trip and were lucky enough see and hear this beautiful male hooded warbler singing and moving about in a patch of briars nearby. This small yellow bird paused long enough for me to take several photos before moving on,” says Teresa McClung. Check out 10 birds that look like orioles.

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25 Small Yellow Birds You Should Know (17)Courtesy Daniella Meyer


“My little verdin gives me a break from the quail and doves in my Arizona backyard bird watching! He shows up in the spring when my palo verdes are in yellow bloom and is an active and vocal bird,” says Daniella Meyer.Discover the desert birds of the Southwest.

25 Small Yellow Birds You Should Know (18)Courtesy Frank Lussier

Townsend Warbler

“I find the Townsend warbler to be an interesting bird. The yellow and black stripes on its face look like a mask. It’s always difficult to get pictures of small birds, but this one seemed to pose,” says Frank Lussier. Check out the top warbler hotspots to visit in spring.

25 Small Yellow Birds You Should Know (19)Courtesy Linda Petersen

Female American Redstart

“I was in my backyard taking pictures of birds last fall when this female American redstart appeared at my water fountain. She was very excited to see water and kept hopping back and forth, fanning her tail feathers, trying to get brave enough to jump in the water,” says Linda Peterson. The females are small yellow and gray birds; males are black and reddish-orange.

25 Small Yellow Birds You Should Know (20)Courtesy Shannon Hobson

White-Eyed Vireo

“My husband and I were bird watching in Mattie M. Kelly Park near our home in Destin, Florida, to see which migrants might have stopped in from a long trip over the Gulf. When we heard a white-eyed vireo singing; my husband made some squeaking noises and immediately this little guy flew right in front of us and just sang away. This photo shows the bird’s animated personality, curiosity and beauty. I love its white eyes!” says Shannon Hobson. Why do birds sing in spring?

25 Small Yellow Birds You Should Know (22)Courtesy Evelyn Johnson

Canada Warbler

Evelyn Johnson writes, “My husband and I have been avid photographers for over 30 years, focusing on wildlife, especially birds, for the last several years. This spring, we were privileged to capture a rarity with with our lens—a Canada warbler.”

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25 Small Yellow Birds You Should Know (23)Courtesy Shelley Ballam

Saffron Finch

“I took this photo in spring along Hilo Bay in Hawaii. There were numerous saffron finches around this day, but this momma getting ready for babies caught my eye,” says Shelley Ballam. This bird is a native of South America but may be spotted in Puerto Rico and the Hawaiian islands. Check out 20 photos of breathtaking blue colored birds.

25 Small Yellow Birds You Should Know (24)Courtesy Catherine Forrest

Cape May Warbler

“The month of May brings spring warblers to Michigan. While enjoying a beautiful spring day at Tawas Point State Park on Lake Huron, I spotted my first glimpse of a Cape May warbler. Warblers are so colorful and full of energy. Luckily this small yellow bird decided to take a rest and I was able to get a picture of it,” says Catherine Forrest.

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25 Small Yellow Birds You Should Know (25)Rob Ripma

Lesser Goldfinch

Rob Ripma photographed this lesser goldfinch in south Texas.Meet the 3 types of goldfinches in the United States.

Originally Published: July 08, 2021

25 Small Yellow Birds You Should Know (26)

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What is the name of a small yellow bird? ›

Goldfinches are the small yellow bird that made me fall in love with birdwatching!” says Sara Wunderlich. Here's how to attract more goldfinches to your backyard.

What does it mean to see a yellow bird? ›

Yellow birds are known to symbolize joy, positivity, enthusiasm and liveliness. They are also a sign of good luck and fortune to come, freedom and power. The yellow bird is one of the most positive and uplifting animals to see in a dream. We often think it means that the best is about to happen for you.

What are the little brown birds in New York called? ›

Often referred to a LBJ (little brown jobs) sparrows are mainly brown, or beige in coloring and are small birds of the city and forest. A good sampling of sparrows can be observed during the spring migration, but for a real superb look, try the month of October for sparrow spotting.

What are some types of yellow birds? ›

45 Yellow Birds In North America (ID and Song Guide)
  • 40 Yellow Birds:
  • American Goldfinch. American Goldfinches are popular birds, especially due to the males' bright yellow and black coloring in spring. ...
  • Common Yellowthroat. ...
  • Western Meadowlark. ...
  • Lesser Goldfinch. ...
  • Prairie Warbler. ...
  • Orange-crowned Warbler. ...
  • Orchard Oriole Female.

What is a small yellow bird with black wings? ›

American Goldfinch. The American Goldfinch is a winter season resident in New Hanover and surrounding counties. In their breeding plumage, the male is an unmistakable bright yellow with black wings and a black spot on the top of his head.

What bird symbolizes death of a loved one? ›

Raven. Ravens are larger than crows and have a different tail shape and flight pattern. Ravens and crows are both black birds that act as a symbol of death or mourning.

What does it mean when a yellow bird flies into your house? ›

Now you might be wondering – Is a bird flying in the house good luck? The answer is yes! Some birds are harbingers of good luck and fortune in the home. Such birds are typically white-colored or bright-colored, such as yellow or orange.

What does color yellow mean spiritually? ›

Yellow symbolizes intellect, creativity, happiness and the power of persuasion. It is also associated with cowardice. In healing use yellow to promote clarity of thought. In the aura yellow signifies intellectual development, for either material or spiritual ends.

What is the name of a small bird? ›

The goldcrest may be the smallest bird in Europe, but the smallest bird in the world is the bee hummingbird. It is only 2 to 2.4 inches long (barely more substantial than a bee, hence its name) and weighs 0.056 to 0.071 ounces.

What are the 10 most popular birds? ›

Our top 10 favorite birds
  • Bluebird. Bluebirds are songbirds known for their beautiful blue feathers and orange bellies. ...
  • Hummingbird. Hummingbirds are the smallest birds in the world and are known for their vibrant colors and intelligence. ...
  • Cardinal. ...
  • Finches. ...
  • American Bald Eagle. ...
  • Mourning Dove. ...
  • Woodpeckers. ...
  • Chickadees.
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What bird is black with a blue head? ›

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Large, lanky blackbirds with long legs, a long tail, and a long and heavy bill. Adult males appear dark overall, but have an iridescent bluish head and bronzy body in good light.

What kind of bird is black and white with a red chest? ›

Basic Description. Bursting with black, white, and rose-red, male Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are like an exclamation mark at your bird feeder or in your binoculars. Females and immatures are streaked brown and white with a bold face pattern and enormous bill. Look for these birds in forest edges and woodlands.

What is a light brown bird called? ›

The 5 most likely little brown birds at your feeder will probably be House Sparrows, female House Finches, Song Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows, and female Red-winged Blackbirds. Learn to identify these first.

What kind of bird is bright yellow? ›

The American Goldfinch is the state bird of Washington. It is common throughout the lowlands of Washington, often coming to bird feeders. The male in breeding plumage is bright yellow with a black forehead, wings, and tail. He has one white wing-bar on each wing and white on his tail.

Which bird is yellow in Colour? ›

Other known species of yellow birds found in India are also includes black-hooded oriole and black- naped oriole. Yellow-bellied Prinia, yellow-bellied sunbird,Greater yellownape woodpecker and Yellow bellied Warbler.

What small bird has a yellow chest? ›

Lesser Goldfinch

Lesser Goldfinches are tiny bright yellow and black songbirds with long pointed wings and short notched tails. They are darker on the back and with yellow bellies and chests.

What is the difference between a yellow finch and a goldfinch? ›

Juveniles and female goldfinches are less colorful. In winter, males have a dark bill and dull yellow body feathers. One other way to tell the difference between a yellow warbler vs a goldfinch is that goldfinches have white patches under their tails.

What kind of little bird is yellow and black? ›

Goldfinches often flock with Pine Siskins and Common Redpolls. Spring males are brilliant yellow and shiny black with a bit of white. Females and all winter birds are more dull but identifiable by their conical bill; pointed, notched tail; wingbars; and lack of streaking.

What Does a female Yellow Finch look like? ›

An adult female American goldfinch is slightly smaller than a male. She has olive coloring on her back, buff sides, and a greenish-yellow forehead, throat, and underside. Her wings and tail are a dull black with white wing bars; her legs and feet are a light brown and her bill is dull orange.

What bird is a visitor from heaven? ›

There is an old folklore saying that, “When a cardinal appears in your yard, it's a visitor from heaven.” People often wonder what it means when God sends a cardinal to their yard. Let's take a look at the legacy of this quote and the memorial tributes it has inspired.

Which bird means freedom? ›

A dove is a common bird used to depict freedom, but it can also symbolize peace, purity, and hope. For Americans, the bird used to depict freedom is the Bald Eagle. But this bird is associated with a multitude of other concepts, including strength, courage, and leadership.

Which bird is the symbol of happy marriage? ›

In Feng Shui, lovebirds are the ultimate symbol of love and marriage. Always put this birds as a pair, they symbolize togetherness. As this symbolizes togetherness.

What does it mean when a bird comes to your window every morning? ›

When a bird keeps flying into your window frequently, there are several meanings to it. One of them is that a significant transition is about to happen in your life. It could also mean your challenges are not yet over. It could also mean the problems are gradually ending, and you need to be patient.

What does it mean when a bird hits a window and dies? ›

Accidental bird-window hits are regarded as a sign of good fortune by some, while they are regarded as a portent of death by others. If a bird flies into your window and dies, it may be a sign that you are about to face a challenge in your life.

What does it mean if a bird poops on you? ›

What Does it mean if a bird poops on you? Every culture has its twist on this popular superstition, including variations on the time of day and the species that defecated on you. What is this? However, most agree it's an omen of good fortune, blessings, and even a sign that the gods favor you.

What is yellow in the Bible? ›

Similarly, there are both negative and positive connotations of the colour yellow in the Bible. Generally, the colour yellow is used to describe two things; one is gold or something valuable, the other is leprosy. In Leviticus 13, God gives Moses and Aaron regulations about diagnosing skin diseases, i.e. leprosy.

What does the color yellow stand for in the Bible? ›

The color yellow and gold are often used interchangeably throughout the Bible, allowing for rich interpretations. Yellow symbolizes faith and Glory of God, anointing, and joy.

What is the color of healing? ›

Green is known to be universally healing. It is symbolic for the heart chakra because green light helps with opening our heart.

What is the most beautiful bird in the world? ›

Also called Rainbow Toucans, Keel-Billed Toucan is one of the most prettiest birds in the world. It has a vibrant suplhur-yellow breast that sometimes gives the illusion of a "flying banana". Keel-billed Toucans is native to Latin American and usually found in the tropical rainforests of Mexico and Colambia.

What is the name of 10 birds? ›

List of Birds Name
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What bird has a 3 letter name? ›

In this article, we will explore three letter bird names: Owl, Mew, Jay, Emu, Kea, Moa, Tui, and Tit, and some of their characteristics. These birds are all over the world and some of them are now extinct, for example the Moa.

Which bird is smaller than sparrow? ›

Finches are smaller than the sparrow, with large beaks and flat heads.

What does it mean to see a yellow finch? ›

For this reason, goldfinches represent the riches of nature itself, generosity, and the wisdom of recognizing that the best things in life are often free. The goldfinch's bright plumage can also represent good luck, joy, and the rewards that kindness and hard work bring.

What does a yellow finch look like? ›

Adult males in spring and early summer are bright yellow with black forehead, black wings with white markings, and white patches both above and beneath the tail. Adult females are duller yellow beneath, olive above. Winter birds are drab, unstreaked brown, with blackish wings and two pale wingbars.

What kind of small bird has a yellow breast? ›

Yellow-breasted chat
Family:Icteriidae Baird, 1858
Genus:Icteria Vieillot, 1808
Species:I. virens
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Are finches good luck? ›

In Native American traditions, finches are often associated with celebration and joy. They were regarded as Omens of good things to come.

What bird symbolizes death of a loved one? ›

Raven. Ravens are larger than crows and have a different tail shape and flight pattern. Ravens and crows are both black birds that act as a symbol of death or mourning.

What is the difference between a goldfinch and a yellow finch? ›

Juveniles and female goldfinches are less colorful. In winter, males have a dark bill and dull yellow body feathers. One other way to tell the difference between a yellow warbler vs a goldfinch is that goldfinches have white patches under their tails.

Where do yellow finches go in winter? ›

Most of these goldfinches migrate southward out of Canada in winter. They move to the United States, as far south as Florida, the Gulf Coast and the border with Mexico.

What do yellow finches like to eat? ›

The American goldfinch's diet consists of mostly seeds. They love Nyjer® Seed and Sunflower Seeds. These seeds are high in oil and easy to eat with their smaller beaks. Because finches prefer the combo of Nyjer® seed and socks, this duo is your best bet for attracting a bright yellow feathered friend.

Where do yellow finches sleep? ›

To stay warm on a cold winter's night, American Goldfinches have been known to burrow under the snow to form a cozy sleeping cavity. They will also roost together in coniferous trees.

What small bird has a yellow stripe on its head? ›

Golden-crowned kinglet
Species:R. satrapa
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Does Stella like Red? ›

Stella (also known as the Pink Bird or Girly Bird) is a character in the Angry Birds franchise. She is a teenage galah who enjoys independence and freedom, and prefers to be left alone, specifically by Red.

What type of bird is Zeta? ›

Zeta is a tall purple anthropomorphic Philippine Eagle with green eyes, black eyelashes, and a curved light purple beak with three sharp teeth (two on the left side of the beak, and one on the opposite side) sticking out of it.

Why did Angry Birds get deleted? ›

Many games in the Angry Birds franchise (including Angry Birds Classic and Angry Birds: Seasons) were originally taken off storefronts in 2019 due to the challenges of consistently having to update new versions of the games within the fast paced and continuous development of mobile technology.


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